Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Russians to dive below North Pole

‘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.

Two parliamentarians, including veteran explorer Artur Chilingarov, are part of a team planning to dive 4,200m (14,000 ft) below the Arctic Ocean on Sunday. [..]

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 team aboard the mini-submarine Mir is expected to carry out scientific experiments and measurements on the sea bed.’

Followup to Russia lays claim to the North Pole.

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