As Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank declared, a team of Turkish scientists currently in Antarctica has built a science base on the lowest part of the planet.
Following the building of the base, Turkish scientists are now planning their 3rd science expedition to Antarctica.
The Turkish team — Turkey's second team ever to the frozen continent lead by scientist Burcu Özsoy, traveled to Antarctic continent for a 30-day expedition.
The team carried gear that weighed six tons in total, managed to start out the building of the science base. When the weather calmed down, the building of Turkey's temporary science base was finished and therefore the Turkish flag began to fly. This accomplishment brought Turkey one step closer to its goal of gaining "consultant country" standing in Antarctic continent.
The leader of the expedition, prof. Burcu Özsoy aforementioned the analysis base can supply its services to scientists in Antarctica until 2022.
"This science base has great importance for Turkey. The base, located at 14,000 kilometers from Turkey, can remain in use through the summer season for 3 years" says Prof. Özsoy.
Stressing that the team has come across great difficulties throughout the expedition, he continued: "It is almost impossible to predict the weather in Antarctica. During this expedition, we always started the day with Plan A but we had to adapt to the environment and change the initial plan. Despite all this, we fought off all the storms we came across while coming to the island and managed to build our base."
Last Updated: 3/23/2019 9:42:23 AM
However, it is not easy to build a science base in Antarctica. According to the Antarctic Treaty System, the bases have to be environmentally friendly and should not hurt the ecosystem. Before building the base, Turkish scientists sent the plans to the committee and received the green light.
Antarctica, the coldest continent on earth, has been serving as a scientific research zone since the international 1959 treaty. Turkey, which currently holds observer status, is a signatory of the treaty signed in Washington, DC .
Turkey's Istanbul Technical University Polar Research Center was founded in Antarctica in 2015. The mission of the center is to carry out research on Antarctica and to raise Turkey's profile in the international scientific community.
In April 2016, the first-ever Turkish team of researchers, consisting of 14 medics, botanists, geologists and oceanographers from seven universities, traveled to Antarctica to study the impact of climate change.
With the third expedition, Turkey looks to become a consultant country in the new term of the Antarctic Treaty System and continue scientific studies at its own base.