The 9500 square km area, which has been digitally mapped by Mareano, Norway’s major seabed mapping programme, bears clear signs of craters caused by gas and liquids (pockmarks) and landscapes formed by icebergs.
The area was measured and mapped with multi-ray sonars in 2011 and 2012 and is now displayed in landscape models with a resolution of 5, 25 and 50 meters respectively, a press release from Mareano reads.
Since the area is located beyond the territorial sea border, the data models are not subjected to national regulations on classified information. The pictures have been made publicly available, also the versions with high resolution, Mareano informs.
Mapping of the Norwegian-Russian underwater borderlands continues and geological, biological and chemical studies will be made in the course of 2013.
For more than fourty years, Norway and Soviet Union, subsequently Russia, negotiated the division of the 175,000 square km area. Only in 2010, during Dmitry Medvedev’s state visit to Norway, a compromise was reached. As reported by BarentsObserver, the two countries divided the area in two equally big parts.
Immediately after the delineation deal came info force on 1 July 2011, Norwegian seismic vessels moved into the waters to start studies of the area which is believed to be among the most perspective hydrocarbon sites in the Arctic. Later, mapping started also on the Russian side of the border.
While Norway is offering licenses to fields in the area as part of its 22nd and 23rd license rounds, Russia has granted licenses to the perspective waters to Rosneft. The state-owned company soon inked field cooperation deals in the area with Eni and Statoil respectively.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.