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Canada moves to claim territory size of Prairies
Description: CFS ALERT - Halfway between Canada's most distant lands and the North Pole, scientists are drilling holes in the sea ice and using shockwaves from underwater explosions to peer through the Arctic Ocean into the seabed below.
Date: 12 April 2006
Author: Nathan VanderKlippe
Source: CanWest News Service, The Edmonton Journal
CFS ALERT - Halfway between Canada's most distant lands and the North Pole, scientists are drilling holes in the sea ice and using shockwaves from underwater explosions to peer through the Arctic Ocean into the seabed below.

They are the new imperialists, on a frigid quest for expanded territory in a battle fought not against other countries, but against time and the capricious High Arctic elements.

Their aim is to map the seafloor north of Ellesmere Island, in an attempt to provide a scientific basis for Canada to extend its borders over an additional 750,000 square kilometres of the Arctic Ocean.

"We're talking about Canada being able to claim a seabed area that exceeds Alberta in size and may have comparable oil and gas resources. So this is huge," said Michael Byers, an international law expert at the University of British Columbia.

"Canada is set to expand in size quite dramatically and to essentially capture its next frontier..."



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