T those gold lie in the area of the Bulgarian base “St. Kliment Ohridski” in Antarctica. The participants in our 32nd Antarctic expedition will continue the research. For now, however, until the moratorium expires until 2045, the extraction of minerals on the Ice Continent is prohibited, the head of our polar program Prof. Hristo Pimpirev told “Telegraph”.
For the second year now, the Bulgarian military scientific research ship “St. St. Cyril and Methodius”.
After a few days – on November 8, it will sail after a solemn ceremony from the port of Varna, loaded to the limit with a huge amount of construction materials and food supplies. About 80 tons of metal structures and special panels have already been loaded on board, with which the construction of the new laboratory on Livingstone Island will continue. During the previous expedition, the foundations of the building were laid, now it must be finished in rough construction and practically closed, Prof. Pimpirev pointed out. If this does not happen, we risk the strong winds and blizzards during the winter season there, which is during the summer here, to blow her away. The laboratory will put us on the map of Antarctica alongside the largest countries with bases in the area and will allow scientific research to be developed in partnership with foreign participants as well. The funding is several times more modest compared to other countries, it is provided under the national program for polar research, and at least until yesterday not all the funds had arrived. The new laboratory is designed in such a way that we can move with it into the next 22nd century, said Prof. Hristo Pimpirev.
Our ship will depart from Bulgaria only with a crew of professional military sailors headed by Captain Second Rank Nikolay Danailov. It will pass the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles and stop briefly in the Spanish port of Cartagena. There he will load up on fuel and food and embark on a long voyage across the Atlantic all the way to Argentina. There will be another port stop in Mar del Plata and then Ushuaia. The first group of Bulgarian polar explorers will board there – mainly builders, but also scientists. The ship will take them straight to the Bulgarian base on Livingston Island. This is expected to happen before Christmas. The base will be de-winterized and construction of the science lab will begin. The journey by ship to Antarctica takes 45-50 days in one direction.
This season, a total of 40 Bulgarians will travel to our base in three stages. Work will be carried out on 10 scientific projects in various fields. In addition to the continuation of studies for deposits of gold and other precious metals, geological, ichthyological, oceanological, etc. will also be carried out. research.
There will be a great trial on Smith Island. It is an inaccessible island, the highest in the South Shetland archipelago, and Bulgarians will try to climb it for the first time. For this reason, two of our most famous climbers – conquerors of Everest – Kiril Doskov and Doychin Boyanov are included in the expedition. Research there can bring surprising data about the origin of Antarctica, Prof. Pimpirev also pointed out.
Work will also be carried out on the “Sounds of Antarctica” project for recording the natural sounds of the continent and weaving them into original compositions.
They drive ice fish all the way to Plovdiv
One of the tasks of our 32nd expedition to Antarctica is to try to bring living inhabitants from the icy waters of the Southern Ocean to Bulgaria. In the previous mission, this could not be done, because the captured specimens that went with our ship in a special aquarium could not survive the passage across the equator and died. Now the goal is to catch nototenia (the so-called Antarctic cod) and ice fish, which will reach the Natural History Museum in Plovdiv, where special conditions have been prepared for them. The nototenia looks like a big butt, and the ice fish is unique in that, due to the low temperatures of the sea water – around 0 degrees – its blood is not red, but white. Thus, the museum in Plovdiv, if everything goes normally, will become the first in the world, far from the sea, presenting such living inhabitants of the polar waters.