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Russia stakes its claim on North Pole in underwater search for oil

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posted on Jul, 28 2007 @ 12:29 AM
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Russia stakes its claim on North Pole in underwater search for oil


www.timesonline.co.uk

Russia is making an audacious grab for the vast energy riches of the Arctic with an underwater mission to plant its flag beneath the North Pole.

A team of explorers plans to descend 4,300 metres (1,400ft) to the seabed in a miniature submarine tomorrow to stake Russia’s claim to an area of ocean the size of Western Europe. The polar expedition aims to prove that the Lomonosov Ridge, an underwater shelf that runs through the Arctic, is an extension of Russian territory.
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posted on Jul, 28 2007 @ 12:29 AM
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I suppose this has been long over due. Russia has always wanted to expand into those waters. There's alot of oil sitting down there.

Or it could be a cover up for the search for the opening to the hollow earth LOL!

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posted on Jul, 28 2007 @ 04:24 PM
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It would seem that the Times didn't check their facts. 4300 meters is over 14100 feet (10 times what they indicated).


More on this from the BBC:
news.bbc.co.uk...



posted on Jul, 28 2007 @ 04:29 PM
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I read this last month. It seems it's going to take over 10 years to for the International Court to decide who gets the rights there. It's being contested by Canada and Denmark(I think) as well.



posted on Aug, 2 2007 @ 09:48 AM
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I remembered this thread when I read this story on CNN, so I thought I would do my ATS duty and share



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MOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) -- Russia staked a symbolic claim to the resource-rich Arctic on Thursday when a submersible dived beneath the ice directly under the North Pole and planted a Russian flag on the seabed.

The Akademik Fedorov research ship carried about 100 scientists to the region.

The rust-proof titanium flag was planted on the seabed 4,261 meters (13,980 ft) under the surface of the Arctic Ocean, Itar-Tass news agency quoted Vladimir Strugatsky, vice president of Russia's polar exploration association, as saying from a support vessel.

Russia wants to extend the territory in the Arctic it controls right up to the North Pole. The region is believed to hold vast untapped oil and gas reserves.

Under international law, the five states with territory inside the Arctic Circle -- Canada, Norway, Russia, the United States and Denmark via its control of Greenland -- have a 320 km (200 mile) economic zone around the north of their coastline.

But Russia is claiming a larger slice extending as far as the pole because, Moscow says, the Arctic seabed and Siberia are linked by one continental shelf.



posted on Aug, 2 2007 @ 09:50 AM
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Well in 10 years, when Russia has super malls and condos up what will the UN's ruling be then?


when all the Oil has been used to fuel another cold war?



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