Russians to dive below North Pole
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|Russians to dive below North Pole|
24 Jul 07 - Russia is sending a mini-submarine to explore the ocean floor below the North Pole and find evidence to support its claims to Arctic territory. The expedition plans to dive 4,200m (14,000 ft) below the Arctic Ocean on Sunday.
The team's ship is following a nuclear powered ice-breaker, setting sail from Murmansk port in the Barents Sea.
Moscow argued before a UN commission in 2001 that waters off its northern coast were in fact an extension of its maritime territory. The claim was based on the argument that an underwater feature, known as the Lomonosov Ridge, was an extension of its continental territory.
The Law of the Sea Convention allows states an economic zone of 200 nautical miles, which can sometimes be expanded. To extend the zone, a state has to prove that the structure of the continental shelf is similar to the geological structure within its territory.
It will be interesting to see if the Russians find even more
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