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S. Korea's icebreaker embarks on 9th Arctic mission

All Headlines 11:26 July 19, 2018

SEOUL, July 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's icebreaker began its ninth Arctic mission Thursday to explore a melting ice shelf and study its impact on climate change and the ecosystem, a polar research institute said.

A team of researchers from nine nations aboard the Araon left the Incheon Port, west of Seoul, for a 77-day mission to get clues about climate change in the North Pole, the Korea Polar Research Institute said.

They will conduct research on two occasions in open waters around the Arctic Ocean to study changing climate, marine resources and methane emissions under the ocean floor.

Based on their findings, the research team will develop an Arctic observation system to predict the movement of thawing sea ice, the institute said.

Commissioned in 2009, the 111-meter-long and 19-meter-wide research vessel weighing 7,487 tons can accommodate scores of crew and researchers and can cut through 1-meter-thick ice.

The Araon has served as a key player in South Korea's oceanic research, joining a number of international research projects shuttling between the poles of the Earth.

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