August 15, 2007

No Need to Worry About Chinese Toys -- but What About the Russians?

Carroll Andrew Morse

But Marc, how are you going to explain it to your daughters when they learn that the North Pole has been recently claimed by the Russians

Two Russian minisubmarines returned safely to the surface at the North Pole on Thursday after diving to the sea bottom to plant a Russian flag and collect geological samples…

The expedition was part of an effort to bolster Russian claims to about 460,000 square miles of sea floor believed to hold lucrative deposits of oil and natural gas. Under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, Russia's claim depends not on dropping the Russian flag, but on proving that its continental shelf extends to the pole.

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I thought both poles were considered terra nullis by the UN and that no one has claims to it. Much like the moon.

Posted by: George at August 15, 2007 11:23 AM

I thought Santa owned the North Pole.

Posted by: Greg at August 15, 2007 2:36 PM

Greg, My daughters agree!

Posted by: Marc Comtois at August 15, 2007 7:44 PM
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