4 July 2011, 00:36

"Akademik Fedorov" off to study Arctic shelf

"Akademik Fedorov" off to study Arctic shelf

Scientific research vessel "Akademik Fedorov" has left the Norwegian port of Hammerfest on a new expedition to study the Arctic shelf. The goal of the campaign is to confirm and formalize on legal and scientific level the external border of the continental shelf of Russia.

Scientific research vessel "Akademik Fedorov" has left the Norwegian port of Hammerfest on a new expedition to study the Arctic shelf.

The goal of the campaign is to confirm and formalize on legal and scientific level the external border of the continental shelf of Russia.

Earlier, Russia submitted to the UN Convention on the law of the Sea its application to the shelf, however it was rejected due to lack of confirmation.

If Russia proves that the Lomonosov and Mendeleyev arctic underwater ridges, which extend to Greenland, are a geological extension of its continental shelf, then this country can claim the right to develop huge oil and gas fields in the triangle of Chukotka - Murmansk - North Pole.

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