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Polarstern and Heincke start their expeditions in the Arctic

Press release: Bremerhaven, June 9th 2008. 

Research ice breaker Polarstern of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research of the Helmholtz Association puts out to the Arctic on June 12th after three weeks in the dockyards. The expedition of four months length is divided into three stages and leads via the Greenland Sea to Spitsbergen and up to the Fram Strait.  The journey through the Northwest Passage up to the East Siberian Sea is planned as the third stage. Two days earlier, on June 10th, the research vessel Heincke leaves the island of Helgoland towards the Orkney Islands. Research is centred on marine biological investigations in the North Atlantic.

The emphasis of research of the first part of Polarstern’s journey are oceanographic readings in the Greenland Sea. The assignments within the framework of the International Polar Year are directed by Dr. Gereon Bud

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