A unique expedition from the the Arctic region in Russia kicks off from Russia to Canada on Monday March 21st, 2011. In an event that will see a caravan of snow vehicles covering around 8,000 kilometers amid wild weather conditions…

Originally this trek was to be undertaken on February 17th, 2011. But due to weather anomalies it had to be postponed until conditions improved in Russia…

It seems that this is a huge test also for the GLONASS navigation system designed by Russia. As I understand Russia wants to make this navigation system second to none and is in the market to challenge GPS…

Territorial claims on the Arctic are held by Russia, the United States, Norway, Greenland and Canada. Russia has sought to show predominance in Arctic exploration and in 2007 planted its flag in the seabed of the Arctic Ocean… (Russia is going to plant a Arctic flag…)

But actions by Russia over the last 4 years are ringing alarm bells in the West. They say that Russia is trying to boost its stake over the pole’s petroleum rich sea bed. Russia has the availability to increase her share of Arctic territory if they can prove that the Lomonosov Ridge, is part of the continental territory of Russia. That increases Russia claims by a huge amount…

They also say there will be a website set up to be able to track the expedition as it travels those long cold kilometers from Russia to Canada. But I have not found the link yet – when I do I will post it…

I find this interesting and lets hope that they get to start and have a safe trip…

Windows to Russia!

 

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