Skip to comments.Russia's Arctic Claim Backed By Rocks, Officials Say
Posted on 09/21/2007 3:21:12 PM PDT by blam
Russia's Arctic Claim Backed By Rocks, Officials Say
Richard A. Lovett
for National Geographic News
September 21, 2007
Rock samples retrieved last month from beneath the Arctic Ocean indicate that the North Pole is part of Mother Russia, the Russian government announced yesterday.
The Russians contend that the Lomonosov Ridge, an undersea structure running across the Arctic Ocean beneath the pole, is a geological extension of the Russian region of Siberia.
Under international law, Russia could lay claim to the potentially oil-rich seabed under the Arctic ice if it can prove that the ridge is part of the country's continental shelf.
In a statement released yesterday, Russia's Ministry of Natural Resources said that a preliminary analysis "confirms the fact that the structure of the Lomonosov Ridge crust matches world analogs of continental crust."
In other words, the rock is of a type found on continental shelves rather than in normal mid-ocean seabeds.
More Rocks Needed
Russian divers took the samples last month during a mini-sub mission that went beneath the ice and planted the Russian flag at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean.
The flag planting itself did nothing to establish a claim under international law.
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What about the rocks in Putin’s head?
I predict a future war over this.
sissors beat rock
From that graphic, it appears to be Canada’s.
Ask W, he can see in there.
Wipe off the algae; it probably says Made in China.
Or maybe it belongs to Mother Iceland.
Funny I can't see the flag, does that count?
I predict Canada will do nothing.
Nor will we.
Not sure if it’s for real, but under the same theory, the Arctic is also owned by Canada at least.
They brought the rocks with them dropped them on the ocean floor and then retrieved them.
Did any one think that Russia’s Samples would say anything different?.....Maybe “W” better take another look in Puty-puts soul!
you think our witless public understands there’s a panic in the energy markets. oil and gas upstream rights=the keys to power.
Sorry to insult your “Boy” Putin Komrade!
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