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06 August, 2008 - Published 11:03 GMT
Arctic dispute map
Scientists at Durham University in northern England say they have drawn up the first detailed map showing areas in the Arctic that could become the cause of future border disputes. Our Science Correspondent Christine McGourty reports:
The map is said to provide the most precise depiction yet of the way the Arctic region might be divided up in future.
Last year a Russian flag was planted on the seabed under the North Pole in a symbolic move indicating the country's claim to a vast tract of the Arctic, but there are various competing claims involving Canada, the United States, Norway and Denmark.
The experts who produced the new map say disputes are likely to intensify as the area's thought to be rich in oil and gas resources, and climate change is expected to make it far more accessible in future.
Christine McGourty, BBC
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