On the third day of an Arctic trip Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper has reasserted Canada’s territorial claim in the region. Harper announced plans for a Canadian army training centre and a deepwater port aimed at bolstering his country’s sovereignty claim. The U.S., Denmark and Norway also have competing claims where reportedly as much as 25 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas could be hidden. Danish scientists are heading for the Arctic ice pack to position Denmark in the race to claim part of the North Pole. Russia sent two small submarines to plant a flag under the North Pole last week. Canada and the United States immediately dismissed the action as legally meaningless. The Danes are seeking evidence that an underwater mountain range two thousand kilometers long is attached to the Danish territory of Greenland.
The Danish team includes forty scientists using sophisticated equipment, including sonar to map the seabed. Russia and Canada are also staking claims to the mountain ridge.
Canada reasserts its territorial claim in the Arctic's region