Saturday, October 16, 2010

Adrift in the Arctic to prove Russia’s claim

A team of Russian scientists have begun a year-long expedition, drifting on an ice floe in the North Pole. Their aim is to prove Russia’s claim to the resources of the Arctic.

”The task is to prove it scientifically, that Russia's continental shelf goes far beyond its northern shores, that it ends up deep in the Arctic. This is the primary task,” said presidential envoy to the North and South Poles, Artur Chilingarov.
The members of the epic North Pole-38 expedition received a warm goodbye as they drifted off on their tough and lonely mission in the northern Chukchi Sea on Friday.

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