In Antarctica, another Indian research station India is all set to establish another research station in Antarctica at a cost of Rs. 15 crores. This will give a fillip to experiments that are being conducted by Indian scientists in the icy continent for the past two decades.
The additional station would aid in understanding better the movement of the geological plate beneath the Indian subcontinent. The plate is estimated to be moving in a north north-west direction at the rate of 4 to 5 cm a month. Scientists fear that it may create conditions for a major earthquake in the Himalayan region. A wealth of data has been generated on the phenomenon with the help of GPS equipment located in ‘Maitri’, India’s station in Antarctica, and in six sites in different parts of the country.
The Hindu, November 28, 2003