GREAT WALL STATION, Antarctica: The Chinese exploration ship Snow Dragon arrived at the Great Wall Station in western Antarctica on Thursday with more than 2,300 tons of supplies and oil.
Due to the temperature rise in Antarctica, the area around the station has been thawing and littering the surrounding sea with floating ice and several icebergs.
The ice forced the crew to unload the supplies with boats. The workers were scheduled to complete the task in eight days.
The Snow Dragon, with more than 170 scientists, workers and crew members on board, left Shanghai on October 11. The vessel was expected to set sail November 21 for China's Zhongshan Station in the Antarctica.