posted on Aug, 11 2007 @ 09:20 AM
I don't have a map to look at things properly. National borders were set set at 12 miles in sea but up to 200 miles have been used in the last 20
years or so. There have been more than several incidents about naval forces and international water as opposed to national water.
Anyway, up to very recent times, the arctic region was covered with ice. It's melting for reason that do not need to be discussed here as that issue
is covered by several other threads in the forum. As some point, there will be periods of ice free water to set drilling platforms.
Who owns them, for the income, is the answer. Russia, Canada, Norway, Iceland, and the USA all have claims to the area. There is no treaty in place
like Antarctica. The USA actually claimed the North Pole when they "discovered" it decades ago, but that is not the issue.
I hope you don't think there is a giant hole that goes inside the earth, as others have proposed with no viable proof....