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Turkish team to leave for Antarctica for world’s future

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A team of Turkish scientists will start their journey to Antarctica on Tuesday to set up a national base for scientific research.

The 3rd National Antarctic Science Expedition team of 11 scientists will carry out scientific researches in several fields during a 30-day period.

A total of 25 people, including 17 Turkish and eight foreign participants, will take part in the expedition. A team from Anadolu Agency will be among them to cover the scientific researches on the ground.

The project is being supported by the Turkish Presidency, Ministry of Industry and Technology, and Istanbul Technical University Polar Research Center as well as eight other Turkish universities.

Şahika Ercümen, an internationally renowned Turkish diver will also travel with the team. She will be the first Turkish woman to dive without air tanks in Antarctica on a journey, she announced earlier this month.

Turkish officials suggest the expedition will also pave the way for a permanent Turkish presence in the continent.

Antarctica has been serving as a scientific research zone since a 1959 treaty. Turkey is a signatory of the treaty signed in Washington.

The lowest temperature recorded on the coldest continent in 1983 was at -89 degrees Celsius (-128 Fahrenheit). The temperatures reach up to -15 degrees Celsius (5 Fahrenheit) in the summer.

Turkey's first Istanbul Technical University Polar Research Center was founded in Antarctica in 2015.

The mission of the center is to carry out research on Antarctica and raise Turkey's profile in the international scientific community.

In April 2016, the first ever Turkish team of researchers -- 14 medics, botanists, geologists and oceanographers from seven universities -- travelled to Antarctica to study the impact of climate change.

The scientists had told Anadolu Agency that the research is important to collect information on climate change and world's future.

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