Why China just built this lantern-shaped research base in Antarctica
Antarctica is the world’s last unexploited continent, and the latest site of a global race over resources and status. Over the weekend, China unveiled its fourth research station in Antarctica, where sovereignty is unclear and countries try to stake their claims on the area by building large research bases. The 1,000 square-meter (10,763 sq. feet) Taishan base, also known as “the lantern” because of the shape of its main building, sits near stations run by the US, Italy and South Korea.