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Denmark: Who Owns the Arctic?

The far north of our planet is presumed to have abundant mineral resources. And as the Arctic ice sheet has been shrinking in the past number of years, greed has been growing.

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The bordering countries are scrambling to secure themselves ownership rights - with competing claims from Denmark, Russia, Norway and Canada. Danish researchers are now looking for evidence that the ocean floor in the far north is an extension of Greenland’s land mass and thus belongs to the kingdom of Denmark.