The melting of Arctic ice, coupled with other factors such as the push to discover more oil reserves to exploit, is spurring new efforts to map the Arctic. A US team recently completed a survey of a huge underwater peninsula, known as the Chukchi Cap, on the northern side of Alaska and found that it is actually over 100 miles longer than previously thought. Under certain criteria, a country can claim ownership of the sea floor off its coasts, and exploit the resources beneath it. Other countries, such as Canada and Russia, are also mounting expeditions to explore and map areas of the Arctic off their coast.
While these mapping expeditions are providing us with new information about the geography of our planet, unfortunately they are also opening the way to further depleting our finite resources.
via Nature News