British explorers begin Arctic trek

Three British explorers have begun a trek across the floating sea ice of the Arctic Ocean to collect samples for a scientific mission.

Ann Daniels, Martin Hartley and Charlie Paton landed successfully on the ice after a seven-hour flight by Twin Otter plane from Resolute in northern Canada, a spokeswoman for the expedition said.

They will head north collecting data and samples for the Catlin Arctic Survey 2010, which is trying to discover how carbon dioxide is affecting the sea water of the ocean.

Before leaving Resolute, Daniels said: “Our work is to capture data which scientists would otherwise not be able to get, it is just so hard to operate in this environment in the winter. The expedition focus is on ocean acidification.”

Belfast Telegraph, 15 March 2010. Full article.

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