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Denmark will Monday afternoon become the first country in the world that requires full ownership of the North Pole. The move is part of a huge country claim the Arctic seabed, which according to Denmark is an extension of Greenland.
The requirement for the 895,000 square kilometers of seabed - more than 20 times the size of Denmark - means that Denmark will pull the outer limit of the Kingdom across the Arctic Sea and completely to Russia's 200-mile limit.
This takes Denmark emulation with Russia and Canada, which also marked a desire to own the symbolic point 4,300 feet below the arctic ocean, into a new phase. Both major countries have made it a political project.
originally posted by: BornAgainAlien
a reply to: Xcathdra
WTF are you talking about ?
Territorial claims in the Arctic
Under international law, international waters including the North Pole and the region of the Arctic Ocean surrounding it, is not owned by any country. The five surrounding Arctic countries are limited to an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of 200 nautical miles (370 km; 230 mi) adjacent to their coasts. The waters beyond the territorial waters of the coastal states are considered the "high seas" (i.e. international waters). The sea bottom beyond the exclusive economic zones and confirmed extended continental shelf claims are considered to be the "heritage of all mankind" and administered by the UN International Seabed Authority.
Upon ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), a country has a ten-year period to make claims to an extended continental shelf which, if validated, gives it exclusive rights to resources on or below the seabed of that extended shelf area. Norway (ratified the convention in 1996), Russia (ratified in 1997), Canada (ratified in 2003) and Denmark (ratified in 2004) launched projects to provide a basis for seabed claims on extended continental shelves beyond their exclusive economic zones. The United States has signed, but not yet ratified the UNCLOS.
The status of certain portions of the Arctic sea region is in dispute for various reasons. Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States all regard parts of the Arctic seas as "national waters" (territorial waters out to 12 nautical miles (22 km)) or "internal waters". There also are disputes regarding what passages constitute "international seaways" and rights to passage along them (see Northwest Passage).
........Denmark ratified UNCLOS on 16 November 2004 and has through 2014 to file a claim to an extended continental shelf.