Coming soon to a planet near you: North Pole: The War
Posted by Bill Stilwell at October 04, 2004 10:53 AM
Denmark aims to claim the North Pole and hunt for oil in high Arctic regions that may become more accessible because of global warming, the Science Ministry said Monday.
The Danish bid rests on a U.N. convention allowing coastal nations to claim rights to offshore seabed resources. Countries that ratify it have 10 years to prove they have a fair claim to the offshore territory and its resources.
"First we have to make the scientific claim. After that there will be a political process with the other countries," said Science Ministry official Thorkild Meedom.
Other claimants to the area, with the Pole itself, include Russia, Canada and Norway. The United States may also make a claim.