Native Village Youth and Education News

April 1, 2009 Issue 196 Volume 1

North Pole may belong to Denmark, early mapping data suggests
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Early results from scientific mapping of the Arctic seabed show that Denmark, via Greenland, may be able to claim the North Pole as its own.

"Preliminary work has shown and this is, again, is very preliminary that Denmark would actually have the strongest claim to encompass the North Pole within its region," said Ron McNab, a retired researcher from the Geological Survey of Canada. "I used to tell my Danish friends, 'So, Santa Claus is a Dane.'"

No country has sovereign rights over the North Pole which is currently administered by the United Nations.

Russia has tried to lay claim to it. In 2007, they angered Canada and other countries by planting a flag at the North Pole. 

Five coastal northern nations, including Canada, the U.S. and Russia, are now mapping the Arctic seabed to claim sovereignty of the North Pole. That could be decided by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Countries that extend their Arctic claims under the international treaty would tap into vast marine areas, potentially rich with oil and gas resources.


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