Russia plans new Arctic expedition for November

Russia is to organize a polar expedition in November in a renewed attempt to stake its claim to territory in the Arctic, estimated to have 10 billion tons of oil and gas, the Itar- Tass agency reported Wednesday.

 Russia plans new Arctic expedition for November
Russia is to organize a polar expedition in November in a renewed attempt to stake its claim to territory in the Arctic, estimated to have 10 billion tons of oil and gas, the Itar- Tass agency reported Wednesday.

Further exploration of the region using submersibles is planned, according to Vice-President of the Association of Polar Explorers of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Strugazki.

Special equipment is to be used to conduct examine the seafloor in an attempt to gather scientific proof that the Lomonosov range, an underwater range of mountains on the North Pole, is connected to mainland Russia, the Itar-Tass agency reported, citing Strugazki.

This is an attempt to legitimatize Russia's claim to the oil and gas in the area, estimated to be worth 1 trillion dollars.

The United States, Canada, Denmark and Norway also have claims to the territory.

Last week, a Russian expedition manned by a team of international experts, managed for the first time to collect important scientific data including water and seafloor samples in the area, leader of the expedition, Artur Chilingarov claimed.

The first members of the expedition, which is still ongoing, were arriving back in Moscow Wednesday.

To stake its symbolic claim, Russia had its polar researchers last Thursday plant a rust-resistant titanium Russian tricolour on the sea floor.

Russia hopes to secure its claim to the Lomonosov range at the United Nations by 2010.

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