Fedor Konyukhov, a Russian adventurer has come back to Murmansk, a port city in the Russian northwest along with his team that volunteered to clean up the Arctic on the nuclear icebreaker called 50 Years of Victory, TASS informed.
Konyukhov who was the project’s ambassador spent 10 days alone on a drifting ice shelf in order to research the microplastic in the ocean.
This is the sixth time that Konyukhov has traveled to the North Pole, the first one being in 1988. The ice shelf where the drifting station was deployed had an area of 15 square kilometers, with 1.5 meters of ice thickness. The drifting period was 249 hours and 25 minutes long.
Konyukhov said that he was previously never on the drifting ice in the summer period and that it was pretty unusual to see a lot of fresh water in this period.
He said that the temperature was really warm, around zero degrees when he collected the water from the lake.
The adventurer also added that he had gone through with the science program under the project for Clean Arctic by the Shirshov Institute of Oceanology and that he is now waiting for all the analysis from the data he had collected to be performed.