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2009-04-15 16:49:30

Norway agreed to limits on its northern seabed on Wednesday, becoming the first Arctic state to establish such territorial boundaries. The move is part of a regional territorial shuffle driven in part by the potential of finding gas and oil. Norway's newly defined continental shelf, which stops short of the North Pole, covers 90,740 sq miles, roughly three-quarters the size of mainland Norway, said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere.  To the north, the shelf ends 341.8 miles from the...

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2008-08-12 13:45:00

United States and University of New Hampshire scientists will depart from Barrow, Alaska to begin a three-week journey on Thursday to compose a map of the ocean floor and the continental shelf for future oil and natural gas exploration. Scientist onboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy plan to create a three-dimensional map of the Arctic Ocean floor in a relatively unexplored area known as the Chukchi borderland. Then, on September 6, Canadian scientists will join the Healy to collect data...

2007-07-26 03:15:49

By Prows, Peter The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) represents the culmination of thousands of years of international relations, conflict, and now nearly universal adherence to an enduring order for ocean space that is the most significant achievement for international law since the U.N. Charter. UNCLOS establishes international property law erga omnes that, by legal and political necessity, required a bargained consensus to be effective. This bargain, in...

2005-07-07 15:47:15

The Gulf of Mexico, 130 miles south of Galveston, Texas -- An international team of marine research scientists working for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) have found new evidence that links catastrophic sand avalanches in deep Gulf waters to rapid sea level changes. By analyzing downhole measurements and freshly retrieved sediment cores, IODP scientists are reconstructing the history of a basin formed approximately 20,000 years ago, when sea level fell so low that the Texas...