Permanent Human Settlement of the Earth, Space and Ocean Frontiers

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Great Aquatican Land Rush

Nearly a year ago, the Russian Federation planted a flag on the bottom of the Artic sea at the North Pole and claimed the undersea territory as their sovereign soil. Shown above is the submarine planting the flag undersea at the North Pole.

What was at the bottom of the rust-proof titanium stake holding the tiny Russian flag was disputed territory that begs the question, “Whose continental shelf is it?” Is it Russia’s as they claim, or Canadian soil they planted the Russian flag on?

Canadian Foreign Minister Peter MacKay gave his own opinion on the touchy territorial issue:

"This isn't the 15th century. You can't go around the world and just plant flags and say, 'We're claiming this territory.'" MacKay continued to say that the Canadian government is "not at all concerned about this mission," and that it was "basically just a show by Russia" with "no threat to Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic."

But Canada is not the only one claiming the undersea property in Aquatica. So is Norway and Denmark – all nations clustered around the Arctic Circle. It would all seem much ado about nothing except for one thing. In an increasingly energy starved world, it is estimated that a quarter of the planet’s remaining undiscovered oil lies under all that old water and ice. One estimate is that some 90 billion barrels of oil lie there. It is no wonder that Aquatican territory has attracted so much attention by the world’s land based nations.

The question is this: now that Aquatica is poised to be claimed and exploited, will there now be any additional attention paid to its severely abused ecology for which there is almost no data? We have abused and dumped in the oceans now for generations and done so willingly blind. Now we are going there to rape her of her resources without even a mention of in situ environmental management.

The LNW Corporation and the Atlantica Expeditions are prepared to step into this void and give our energy hungry species all the answers they need. Without our plan – any plan – the world may get by raping the oceans today – but tomorrow the oceans will respond in kind and no one today even sees it coming. With any luck, they will hear and heed our message before it is forever too late for the ocean species and the humans who depend on them for such inconsequential things as food - and – breathable air.