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Posted: 10/4/2004 8:27:51 AM EST
You'll never get it without a fight, dike-boys.

Denmark to Claim North Pole, Hopes to Strike Oil


COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark aims to claim the North Pole and hunt for oil in high Arctic regions that may become more accessible because of global warming, the Science Ministry said on Monday.



It said Denmark would send an expedition to try to prove the seabed beneath the Pole was a natural continuation of Greenland, the world's biggest island and a Danish territory whose northern tip is just 450 miles from the Pole.


Science Minister Helge Sander said last week success would give Denmark access to "new resources such as oil and natural gas."


The potential return would outweigh the 150 million crowns ($25 million) that Denmark has allocated to the investigation.


The Danish bid rests on a U.N. convention allowing coastal nations to claim rights to offshore seabed resources. Countries that ratify it have 10 years to prove they have a fair claim to the offshore territory and its resources.


"First we have to make the scientific claim. After that there will be a political process with the other countries," said Science Ministry official Thorkild Meedom.


Other claimants to the area, with the Pole itself, include Russia, Canada and Norway. The United States may also make a claim.


"We're seeing a growing focus on and fight for the resources in the Arctic, especially as the global warming makes the region more accessible," said Samantha Smith, director of the WWF environmental group's Arctic Program.


She said nations around the Arctic should sign a treaty to regulate access to oil, fisheries and possible new shipping lanes through the Arctic as the ice retreats.


Global warming (news - web sites), blamed by scientists mainly on emissions of carbon dioxide from cars and factories, has thinned the ice and U.N. projections indicate further shrinkage in coming decades.


Areas of interest for Denmark are three patches of seabed around Greenland and two around the Faroe Islands.


But experts said it could take years to sort out a tangle of overlapping claims in the Arctic. At the other end of the globe in Antarctica, several countries have also claimed slices of the continent but lack international blessing.

story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/20041004/wl_nm/denmark_pole_dc
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 8:35:46 AM EST
IBT DK-Prof.

How long will it be before some nut actually DOES dig all the way to China (or in this case, an Aussie digging to the North Pole).
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 8:41:52 AM EST
More Dutch imperialism

I thought the Dutch lived in The Netherlands and Danes lived in Denmark.

Marty H
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 8:45:54 AM EST
i gotta say this site always baffles me when the Dutch and the Danes are used interchangeably-hell might as well through the Swedes in there too somewhere....

BTW i'm not Dutch, the wife is though-ya all know they come from Holland right???;) as i swill dutch bier and think of brownhouses.

danny
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 8:46:14 AM EST

Originally Posted By Brisk322:
IBT DK-Prof.

How long will it be before some nut actually DOES dig all the way to China (or in this case, an Aussie digging to the North Pole).


What does DK-Prof care? He's Swedish.

CW
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 8:51:34 AM EST

Originally Posted By dano1:
i gotta say this site always baffles me when the Dutch and the Danes are used interchangeably-hell might as well through the Swedes in there too somewhere....



Psst: It's an inside joke.
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 8:57:54 AM EST

Originally Posted By dano1:
i gotta say this site always baffles me when the Dutch and the Danes are used interchangeably-hell might as well through the Swedes in there too somewhere....



It's a scandinavian thang. You wouldn't understand. Dawg.
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 9:16:22 AM EST
Who cares....


KEEP SENDING MORE M-2 BALL FOR MY GARAND!
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 9:23:14 AM EST
dang i guess i haven't been here long enough then......:)
danny
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 9:33:10 AM EST
Word has it that DK-Prof absolutely HATES being called Dutch.
He goes apeshit.
He starts posting all this unintelligible psychopolitical gibberish every time
someone calls him that.

You know what to do.
Link Posted: 10/4/2004 10:37:33 AM EST

Originally Posted By R-32:
Who cares....


KEEP SENDING MORE M-2 BALL FOR MY GARAND!



+1
And I need it for my BAR
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