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On July 9 2020 eight students of the “RiskSat” project group from Troitsk, Tula, Venev, Dedovsk, Gatchina, St. Petersburg and Yakutsk made a geographical discovery - they discovered a new island in the region of Severny Island of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago. The discovery was made online as a result of processing satellite images. It is planned that in September a joint expedition of the Russian Geographical Society and the Northern Fleet will explore the new island.

According to satellite monitoring data, the island was formed on July 9, 2020 as a result of the collapse of the ice bridge connecting Severny Island with the retreating Vilkitsky Yuzhny glacier. The dimensions of the new island are 410 by 200 m, the area is 5.6 hectares, the height, together with the remaining ice cover, reaches 27 m.

Previously, the school group had already discovered islands in the Novaya Zemlya region using satellite images, for example, in 2019, young explorers also discovered an island in the region of Schmidt Island of the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago.

It is planned that the new island will be studied by members of the expedition of the Russian Geographical Society and the Northern Fleet to the Arctic archipelagos. The expedition will take place from August to October 2020. It will be attended by surveyors, cartographers, oceanographers, geologists, biologists and other specialists.

Researchers from Murmansk Arctic state University will analyze the risks of dangerous natural and man-made phenomena that affect the coastal zones of the Russian Arctic.

"Russia annually loses about 11 square km of area due to the fact that the Arctic coast is eroded due to natural phenomena. To this, we need to add the risks of increasing anthropogenic load: increased ship traffic, construction of enterprises, growth of port capacity, and so on," the publication quotes the project Manager, a leading researcher at the Information and analytical center of the Murmansk Arctic state University, Georgy Gogoberidze. According to him, even a small release at the enterprise and a minor accident of a vessel with a fuel leak can lead to huge consequences - much more critical than in the southern regions due to the high vulnerability of the Arctic ecosystem.

The article explains that the results of the project can be applied to the economic development of sea coasts in the Arctic. "The risks in the construction and operation of infrastructure structures, and human life in General, on the Arctic coasts are enormous and incomparable to those that exist in the coastal zones of warmer seas," the publication notes.

The research was supported by a three-year grant from the Russian Foundation for basic research. Specialists from Saint Petersburg state University will participate in the project.in the future , the number of scientific organizations will increase.

The area of the ozone hole, which is observed by the European sentinel-5P satellite, launched into orbit by the Russian Rokot carrier rocket from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in 2017, is about 1 million square kilometers.
Scientists from DLR attribute its appearance to unusual atmospheric conditions, including freezing temperatures in the stratosphere, which led to a sharp drop in ozone levels.
Ozone in the stratosphere protects life on Earth from the ultraviolet rays of sunlight. Over Antarctica, the ozone hole is formed annually in the fall and lasts 3-4 months. However, this phenomenon is now much larger than previously observed.

In the framework of the festival of actual scientific cinema "FAN" at the national research nuclear University "MIFI" from December 4 starts the screening of films.

The first of them will be the film directed by Anton Sobolevsky "Arctic. Looking glass.» The film tells about the unique and rich underwater world of the North.

The second film "Silicon valley Stories" will introduce the audience to the place where the companies that created the modern computer industry were founded.

- The Institute has a small division of the student-scientific society. They hold informative lectures and show similar films, - told the press service of the MIFI.

You can get acquainted with the underwater world of the Arctic on December 4 at 18:00. And learn the history of Silicon valley-December 7 at 19: 00.

We will add that the Institute plans to show other scientific films.


 

Source: http://www.ugorizont.ru/2018/12/04/arktika-i-istorii-kremnievoy-dolinyi-v-natsionalnom-issledovatelskom-yadernom-universitete-proydet-pokaz-nauchnyih-filmov/