This undated handout photo received on March 17, 2015 from the Australian government's Antarctic Division shows a view of the Totten Glacier, the most rapidly thinning glacier in East Antarctica. AFP PHOTO/AUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC DIVISION
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More than 50 researchers from 30 countries are to carry out the first scientific circumnavigation of Antarctica in an attempt to measure pollution and climate change, with the official launch held Monday.Organizers of the Antarctic Circumpolar Expedition (ACE) hope to foster collaboration in a bid to gain a deeper understanding of humankind's effect on the Southern Ocean.Scientists will also take ice core samples and study biodiversity on the continent in an attempt to reveal conditions before the onset of the Industrial Revolution.Frederik Paulsen, a founder of the SPI, David Walton, the expedition's science coordinator, other contributing scientists and politicians were due to gather in London on Monday for the official launch.
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