Saturday, 09 August 2014 13:59

Canada sent an expedition to the Arctic in the hope to expand their territory

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Ottawa sends a scientific expedition to the Arctic with the aim of mapping the seabed that will allow Canada to expand its territory. According to the website of the Government of Canada, two icebreakers will study the Lomonosov Ridge area of Ellesmere Island to the North Pole.

First icebreaker - "Terry Fox" - went to a six-week voyage on Friday, August 8, from the port of St. John's in Newfoundland and Labrador. The second ship expedition starts on Saturday. Both icebreaker will work in the Eurasian Basin of the Arctic Ocean North-east of the Lomonosov Ridge.

The Canadian Foreign Ministry hopes that the results confirm the law of the expeditions to the Arctic shelf. According to the head of the diplomatic corps, John Baird, the country is ready to costs necessary to "Canada has achieved international recognition of its continental shelf in full."

Region, which will operate icebreakers, rich in hydrocarbons, estimated that lead BBC News, it contains up to 13 percent of the world's undiscovered oil and 30 percent natural gas.

To the Arctic shelf, in addition to Canada, claimed by Russia, Denmark, Norway and the United States. In accordance with international law, the coastal State may declare its exclusive economic rights to natural resources that are found on the seabed or below at a distance of 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers) from its land. However, if the distance of the continental shelf exceeds this distance, the State may submit documents to prove it to the UN Commission, which can then make recommendations to increase the exclusive economic zone.


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