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TitleEarth science and the Law of the Sea: keys to Canada's offshore energy and mineral resources beyond 200 nautical miles
AuthorMacnab, R; Haworth, R
SourceEarth science and society; Geoscience Canada vol. 28, no. 2, 2001 p. 79-86
LinksAbstract - Résumé
Alt SeriesGeological Survey of Canada, Contribution Series 2000294
MeetingGeoCanada 2000 -The Millennium Geoscience Summit, Earth Science and Society Summit Session; Calgary; CA; May 2000
ProvinceOffshore region
Subjectsmarine geology; bathymetry; oceanography; petroleum resources; resources; resource management; resource estimation; marine resources; mineral deposits; Law; Law of the sea; offshore resources; Atlantic ocean; Arctic ocean
Illustrationscross-sections, stratigraphic; graphs; tables; location maps; geological sketch maps
AbstractArticle 76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea allow Canada to establish sovereignty over resources of the seabed beyond the customary 200 nautical mile limit, when certain bathymetric and geological criteria are satisfied. This paper outlines the procedures for meeting those criteria, and describes the mutual benefits that can accrue to the earth sciences and the Law of the Sea through programs for collcning and analyzing the necessary data. In the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, this work could allow Canada to extend energy and mineral jurisdiction into seabed areas that approach the size of the three Prairie Provinces combined.