US, Canada, Russia, Denmark and Norway are becoming embroiled in disputes over boundaries on land and at sea

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The United States and Canada still disagree on the setting of the boundaries in the Beaufort Sea – an area of intense interest to oil drillers.

Similarly, Canada has yet to resolve a dispute with Denmark over the ownership of Hans Island and where the control line should be drawn in the strait between Greenland (whose sovereignty remains with Denmark) and Ellesmere Island.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/06/arctic-resources-territorial-dispute

More:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/06/us-russia-political-tensions-arctic

The message was clear: the US is putting itself at the centre of the debate about the future of the far north at a time when a new oil and mineral “cold rush” is under way as global warming makes extraction more easy. And being the US, the soft diplomacy was backed up with a bit of symbolic hardware. A few weeks earlier two nuclear-powered submarines were sent to patrol 150 miles north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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