A new phase in the study of the Arctic and the Antarctic began September 25 with the launch of Great Britain's newest royal research ship, the R.R.S. Sir David Attenborough.

Author:Gajewski, Karen Ann
 
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A new phase in the study of the Arctic and the Antarctic began September 25 with the launch of Great Britain's newest royal research ship, the R.R.S. Sir David Attenborough. The mission of the 15,000-ton floating science lab, which replaces two previous vessels that served for almost fifty years, is to study and document the impact of climate change using state-of-the-art technology. In addition to being an icebreaker, the ship's unique design includes a helipad, cranes, onboard labs, and a "moon pool"--a huge hole running through the middle of the hull that...

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