June 30th, 2007

Russia lays claim to the North Pole, including huge diamond deposits

Putin lays claim to enormous swath of North Pole

Russia is using new evidence gathered recently in order to justify a claim of 460,000 square feet of the North Pole.

A UN convention says no one can claim jurisdiction over the Arctic seabed because the geological structure does not match the surrounding continental shelves.

But Russian scientists have returned from a six-week mission on a nuclear ice-breaker to claim that the 1,220-mile long underwater Lomonosov Ridge is geologically linked to the Siberian continental platform – and similar in structure.

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