The diesel-electric vessel Captain Dranitsyn carrying members of the North Pole 2015 drifting research expedition arrived in the port of Murmansk on Aug. 16, an Interfax correspondent reported.
Expedition evacuation supervisor Sergei Orlov told Natural Resources and Ecology Minister Sergei Donskoy, Special Representative of the Russian President for the Arctic Artur Chilingarov and Murmansk Regional Governor Marina Kovtun that "all expedition members, including two dogs," had been transported to Murmansk.
"We are tasked with processing scientific data and outcomes of the research we have held and to receive new information about the Arctic in fall," Donskoy said at a press conference held onboard the Captain Dranitsyn.
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The Natural Resources and Ecology Ministry started the planned evacuation of the North Pole 2015 drifting research station from the Arctic on August 5. Seventeen members of the North Pole 2015 expedition and their gear were taken aboard by the icebreaker from the drifting ice-block that used to house the station. Specialists cleaned the ice-block and took away household waste accumulated during the expedition period.
In the past four months the polar explorers held a series of unique scientific experiments and monitored environmental conditions in high latitudes of the Arctic.
The North Pole 2015 seasonal drifting station was officially unveiled on April 18, 2015.
The program of Arctic research by drifting stations was launched in 1937 and suspended in summer 2013 after the North Pole 40 station had to be evacuated amid unfavorable ice patterns caused by abnormal natural processes in the Arctic basin.
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