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Russian Subs Make Test Dive En Route to North Pole

The New Scientist writes:

As the Arctic icecap thins due to global warming, a race is looming to claim ownership of the rich energy resources under the North Pole.

The Russian mission involves a nuclear-powered icebreaker smashing through the ice to clear a path to the Pole for the Akademik Fedorov. This will launch the submersibles to scoop samples from the seabed for research.

The mission will also plant a flag on the seabed under the Pole to symbolically claim the territory for Russia. Soviet and US nuclear submarines have often travelled under the polar icecap, but no one has so far reached the seabed under the Pole, where depths exceed 4,000 meters (13,100 feet).

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Categories: Europe, Politics
  1. toni
    July 31, 2007 at 9:13 am

    Wonderful article….thanks…t

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