Arctic seabed claims and the politics of mapping

Phil Steinberg ruminates on recent events relating to the 2015 Russian resubmission regarding outer continental shelves in the Arctic Ocean and a well known IBRU map…..

Following up on my recent blogpost on Russia’s Arctic seabed claim, The Conversation has published a companion piece on some of the politics surrounding the IBRU Arctic map, its drawing, and its reception. The Conversation article integrates analysis of some of the recent (manufactured) controversy surrounding the Russian claim with reflections that I made earlier this year on the map’s seven-year history. Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 11.42.29

For more on Russia’s recent claim and what it means (and doesn’t mean), see also this recent article in the New Scientist by the map’s designer, Martin Pratt.

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