The Independent: Audacious, thrilling – and deeply dangerous

The age of exploration on our planet, which many assumed had come to an end, seems to have found a new lease of life. Last week, a small fleet – which comprised a scientific research vessel, two mini-submarines and a nuclear ice breaker – set sail from the Russian port of Murmansk. After the ice breaker carved a 125-metre by 10-metre opening in the thick pack ice near the North Pole, the two submarines descended into the freezing waters. Yesterday, one of those submarines planted a Russian flag, in a metal capsule, on the seabed two and a half miles below the Pole. The Russians are comparing the achievement to that of man walking on the moon for the first time.

In terms of audacity and technical skill, it may bear comparison with the 1969 moon landing….

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7 comments on “The Independent: Audacious, thrilling – and deeply dangerous

  1. Newbie Anglican says:

    Oh please. It was an Soviet-style imperialist stunt by Putin.

  2. libraryjim says:

    OK, the flag was planted by the SUBMARINE. Wake me when someone WALKS on the seabed and plants a flag. Then that will be comprable to the moon-walk.

  3. Catharine Phillips says:

    The Russians are laying claim
    To the North Pole
    More specifically
    The ocean floor under
    The North Pole

    It boggles the mind
    How anyone could think that planting a flag
    On the ocean bottom
    Under the North Pole
    Makes it theirs
    Or anyone’s
    The possession of a whole country?
    An individual?
    Santa Claus?
    An underwater flag?
    What does it say?
    Child rules
    I guess fitting for the North Pole

  4. Rob Eaton+ says:


  5. Harvey says:

    One article I read implied that there was oil beneath the bottom of the Artic sea. By the way do we claim Antartica because an American first set foot in that region. Come on Putin give us a break!

  6. Christopher Hathaway says:

    All of international law regarding national boundaries is premissed upon the idea that a nations boundaries only include a small protion of the seas bordering its lands. This means that there must be a clear distinction between land and sea. Russia is attempting to erase that distinction.

  7. Newbie Anglican says:

    #5: We do not claim all of Antartica. Unless something has changed since I last read on the subject, there are international treaties about Antartica, and we (the U. S.) are in full compliance with them.