Canada: Canada plans to make a claim to the North Pole in an effort to assert its sovereignty in the resource-rich Arctic. A formal scientific submission was made to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf covering 1.2 million square kilometres of territorial claims in the Atlantic, but the government says material submitted for the Arctic Ocean is only preliminary.
The federal government plans to send its scientists back into the field for more work mapping a giant undersea mountain range that Ottawa says could secure the sea floor under the top of the world for the Maple Leaf. “The Lomonosov Ridge wasn”t fully mapped in the submissions that my department did. And we think it”s important when you do this extensive mapping, we wanted to get the entire Arctic map, including on the ridge,” said John Baird, Foreign Affairs Minister, Canada. Baird said it was a mammoth task and the government needed more time to complete the mapping in the Arctic and get its UN submission right.
Source: The guardian