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2/23/2017 1:58:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Message From The First Hmong In Antarctica!

By Dr. Xiong Yang (aka Prayath Nantasin)

Dr. Xiong Yang
After arriving in Antarctica in late December 2016, Dr. Xiong Yang or Prayath Nantasin, the first Hmong to conduct research at the south pole, and his colleagues from Japan, Mongolia and Indonesia started fieldwork in several localities in the Prince Olav Coast and Lützow-Holm Bay, East Antarctica. These areas are Akebono Rock, Akarui Point, Tenmondai Rock, Skallevikhalsen, Rundvågshetta, Langhovde and West Ongul Island. The fieldwork progresses efficiently and about 300 kilograms of rock samples were collected from those areas by Dr. Prayath Nantasin. When he goes back to Thailand, he and his students will spend some years to deal with these scientific precious samples and publish the results in some international scientific journals afterward. He is now participating in an international collaboration program called Asian Forum for Polar Sciences (AFoPS) lead by Professor Dr. Yoichi Motoyoshi from the National Institute of Polar Research, Japan (NIPR). AFoPS is held regularly by NIPR and it is also part of the 58th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE 58) in this year.

"I am very proud to be part of this world class research team. I got plenty of knowledge about Antarctica through discussion among the team during field surveys and also in base camp. Every locality has spectacular and attractive landscapes. Exposure of these rocks are so obvious because they are annually ablated by glaciations. So Antarctica is an ideal study area for all geologists even though 98% of the continent is covered by a huge ice sheet and those exposures are just a minor part. Many rare rock types that include some distinctive minerals that I have only found in text books before but now I found them here! I'm pretty sure that anybody specifically geologists who get a chance to do research in Antarctica will be very excited and it will be an unforgettable experience," Dr. Prayath said.

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