The collision broke the ship’s mast and left about 250 metr

  tons of snow and ice on its front deck. The rest of the ship was undamaged.

  The difficult ice conditions and active cyclones in the Amundsen Sea have

vexed Chinese explorers for decades. It was not until March that China’s 34th expedition succes

sfully completed the first marine survey of the sea.China has witnessed remarkable growth of tree coverage with th

e implementation of afforestation projects, a senior forestry official said on Tuesday, National Tree Planting Day.

  The forest coverage rate in China has increased by nearly 10 percentage p

oints in the past four decades, with the world’s largest planted forests and an 80 percent ex

pansion of forest areas, said Zhang Jianlong, head of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration.

  The green coverage rate in rural areas has reached 20 percent, while in urban areas it has hit 37.9 percent.

  According to a report released by the National Afforestation Committee on Tuesday, 7.1 milli

on hectares of trees were planted and 6.7 million hectares of degraded grassland were treated last ye

ar. Per capita greenery coverage in urban areas was 14.1 square meters in 2018, up by 0.6 square meters year-on-year.

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