Aug 2, 2007

Russian Flag under North Pole

As a part of the process to claim the Arctic, Russian explorers have planted their country's flag on the sea bed 4,200m (14,000ft) below the North Pole. The flag is made of rust-proof titanium metal. In a first of its kind expedition, explorers brought the flag to that depth with the help of two mini-submarines.

Russia's claim to that region of the Arctic, thought to contain oil, gas and mineral reserves. With the melting of polar ice, several countries with territories bordering the Arctic - including Russia, the US, Canada and Denmark - have launched competing claims to the region.

The North Pole is not currently regarded as part of any single country's territory and is therefore administered by the International Seabed Authority.

Source: BBC


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