China’s icebreaker to conduct research in Arctic Circle

China’s icebreaker Xuelong, or “Snow Dragon”, runs forward through floating ice after crossing the Arctic Circle, July 20, 2012.

Xuelong, an A-2 class icebreaker capable of breaking ice 1.2 meters thick, is about to conduct comprehensive research at 33 oceanic observation stations in the Pacific Arctic and Atlantic Arctic regions during its three-month voyage. It is scheduled to return to Shanghai on Sept. 29.

Floating ice are seen from China’s icebreaker Xuelong, or “Snow Dragon”, after the icebreaker crossed the Arctic Circle, July 20, 2012.

Xinhua/Qu Jing