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Antarctica can yield many answers: Expert

india Updated: Jun 28, 2006 01:37 IST

REASONS FOR atmospheric and climactic changes are hidden in the Antarctica.

An in-depth study on the Antarctica can also provide crucial information on global warming, said National Physical Laboratory (New Delhi) deputy director HN Dutta. He was delivering a lecture at the Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow, on Friday, at a special function.

He further stated that the ice in Antarctica is 16 crore years old and its study can provide us information about atmospheric changes and climate patterns.
A number of new antibiotic drugs can be obtained from the various microorganisms found in the Antarctica.

He invited all young scientists, research scholars to plan innovative work and explore Antarctica.

“India has enormous opportunities in the area of Antarctic Research” said Dr Dutta. He said that he has been to Antarctica three times and has initiated several research and educational programs in various parts of India. His recent visit was three months back.

Indian Antarctic programme started in 1981, when the first expedition had gone to Antarctica under the leadership of Dr SZ Quasim. The first Indian station at Antarctica was called “Dakshin Gangotri”, which later, was abandoned, as the place was not safe. Now the present station is called “Maitri”. It is situated in an area called Schimacher Oasis. Dr Dutta said around 16 crore years ago India was a part of Antarctica.

CDRI director CM Gupta speaking on the occasion said that CDRI would like to involve its young scientists and research scholars to see how best the medicinal plants and microorganisms can be studied which are found in Antarctica. Dr Gupta also presented a memento to Dr Dutta on this occasion.