A scientific expedition in the fall will map the unexplored Arctic seafloor where the U.S. and Canada may have rights over natural resources and control over activities such as mining. Both countries will use the resulting data to establish the outer limits of the continental shelf, according to the criteria set out in the Convention on the Law of the Sea. The extended continental shelf, the seafloor and subsoil beyond 200 nautical miles from shore that meet those criteria, is an area of great scientific interest and potential economic development.
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Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC