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Expeditions For Antarctic Uranium

By Emily Russell

Prospecting for uranium in the Antarctic are two scientists. Seen as a challenge to international cooperation, this puts the project in a highly controversial position. Since 1961, Antarctica has been a continent set aside solely for international scientific research. The cooperation among nations has been strained as they pursued increasing the interest over resources that are not only guarded by freezing weather but also a perilous snow situation.

Short summers occur in Antarctica and during this time it was decided upon by the scientists that helicopter rides with their West German colleagues seemed to be a good idea as these passed over snow free valleys offering the most amazing scenery of the land. For the gentlemen, the helicopter rides were rather daunting. They brought a radioactivity detector which needed to be close to the cliffs.

Also available from the continent are valuable resources other than uranium. When it comes to these resources locating them is already challenging enough but many are optimistic about how practical these will be in the future.

For a Polish fleet techniques for harvesting krill are valuable, it originates from the Weddell Sea and is like a shrimp but is an inexpensive source for protein. It was in a mountain where high grade iron ore was discovered by Soviets. In the Ross Sea in 1973 was where an American research vessel found ethane and methane. From validating a source of natural gas, these can also be used as signs for possible oil sources.

When it comes to what Antarctica’s continental shelf can hold the US Geological Survey can handle 45 billion barrels of oil and 115 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Eight for oil and six times for natural gas is how this differs from the yearly consumption in the US. Surveying the defect Intrusive are geologists to be supported this year by the National Science Foundation. Here is where mineral rich areas just like in South Africa are, as well as the bush veld which may be a source for chromium and platinum.

A celebration was held for the International Geophysical Year and this was when a number of the participating nations agreed upon to the Antarctic treaty prompted by America. Among nations was an agreement inclusive of factors such as not making any territorial claims, using the continent for peaceful purposes only, preserving the environment and wildlife, and openly conducting scientific research. Thanks to the National Science Foundation American bases were administered.

The concern pertaining to resource exploitation was given priority during the Oslo meeting of treaty nations. Before making changes, the decision must be unanimous. One lingering issue includes how there is interest in valuable resources in other countries. It was said by both scientists that from the continent’s resources could come about a number of discoveries. Resource development in the Antarctic proves to be a pressing issue for everyone especially when it comes to the cooperation among nations.

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