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Originally posted by D.E.M.
Isn't there a law preventing any one country from laying claim to Antarctica? Why isn't it the same for the NP, hmm?
Who owns Antarctica?
A number of countries have claimed soveriegn rights to Antarctic Territory; several of these claims overlap, and could potentially be disputed. Australia has the largest territorial claim, claiming 42% of the Antarctic Continent. The Antarctic Treaty (signed in 1961) puts all territorial claims on hold for the duration of the treaty, so no one actually owns Antarctica at the moment.
Pic Courtesy: AAD
Danish scientists headed for the Arctic ice pack on Sunday seeking evidence to position Denmark in a race to claim the potentially vast oil and other resources of the North Pole region.
Russian media assert that the Healy's mission signals that the United States, along with Canada, is actively joining the competition for resources in the Arctic.
The lead scientist on the expedition scoffs at the political implications.
"We're basically just doing science," said Larry Mayer, director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire. "There's no flag-dropping on this trip," he said in an interview from Durham, N.H.
Russia is resuming its Soviet-era practice of sending its bomber aircraft on long-range flights, President Vladimir Putin has said. Mr Putin said the halting of such flights 15 years ago had affected Russia's security because "not everyone followed our example".
The move comes a week after Russian bombers flew within a few hundred miles of the US Pacific island of Guam. Russia has recently been stressing a more assertive foreign policy.
Originally posted by mikesingh
The principal players would be Russia, CIS Republics, China ranged against the USA, Canada, UK, Australia and a few sundry western countries.
The Russian and Chinese armed forces have begun their first joint military exercises.
Marines will storm beaches and paratroopers will descend in a mock invasion of an imaginary country. The eight-day operation got underway with consultations between military delegations from the two countries in Vladivostok, in Russia's far east.
Analysts say China and Russia are signalling they are prepared to counter US dominance in international affairs.
Originally posted by Kr0n0s
Greenland has also made claims to this area. Does anyone know who it REALLY belongs to?