We are on the cold and icy threshold of what could be the next World War. After you push through layer on top of layer of recent theories surrounding new International activity in Antarctica you find a more grim and eerie reality; Imperialism. The process of increasing your country’s power by adding new territories to increase your wealth and resources. A story told throughout history.
To peak your interest it has been stated, according to Daily Mail.com in their article Russia unveils its new Arctic military base housing nuclear-ready warplanes and REINDEER-powered special forces as it seeks to claim the region’s huge oil and gas reserves
“It comes as part of Russia’s largest Arctic military push since the fall of the Soviet Union and as Moscow moves to lay claim to the region’s huge oil and gas reserves – believe to be worth as much as £23trillion.”
“The Arctic, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates, holds oil and gas reserves equivalent to 412 billion barrels of oil, about 22 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas…”
If you read the thousands of articles on the web over the issue you will see everything sighted from lost civilizations to fallen angels to a Nazi war camp and aliens locked under the ice as the reasons for all the visits to the Continent. These are great distractions from a darker reality. The reality that thinning ice could be exposing the priceless secrets of once uninhabitable and unexplored regions of Antarctica.
According to Newsweek in their article ANTARCTIC ICE IS MELTING BECAUSE OF A PHENOMENON NOT SEEN FOR 7,000 YEARS
“Now, for possibly the first time in 7,000 years, a phenomenon known as “upwelling” (the upward flow of warmer ocean water to the surface), is thought to have caused recent ice shelf collapse around the continent—and the glacial thinning associated with it.”
This thinning of ice, if it was to continue, will make mining possible in areas it was never possible before and will open up new travel routes in and out of the Continent. With the potential ability to mine, move heavier equipment inland and ultimately access resources worth trillions of dollars; you will quickly come to understand the financial impact and desire for so many countries to access and control this new frontier.
According to Antarctica: Mining, Minerals and Fuel Resources – AZoMining.com
“The possible resources include silver, copper, gold, nickel, platinum, iron ore, chromium, cobalt, molybdenum, zinc, manganese lead, titanium, nickel, and uranium. Coal and hydrocarbons have been located in minimal non-commercial quantities. All these resources are yet to be exploited.”
So, what is standing of the way of just heading down there and pulling these resources from the ground you might ask.?! You must start by understanding who ‘technically’ owns the territory and the International Treaty it is governed by.
First a list of territory claims; you will see that Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, New Zealand, Norway and the United Kingdom have claims on most of the Territory.
Map provided by the Australian Government:
Next, you must understand the Continent is governed by The Antarctic Treaty, signed in Washington in 1959. The following countries are what are considered Consultative (decision-making) parties; the chart below and information on the treaty can be found on The Antarctic Treaty web-site:
The treaty, in part, states the following:
“…in the interest of all mankind that Antarctica shall continue for ever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord.”
In part of the treaty can be found “The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty”. This section was signed in 1991 and entered into effect in 1998. It states:
“…natural reserve, devoted to peace and science” (Art. 2). Article 3 of the Environment Protocol sets forth basic principles applicable to human activities in Antarctica and Article 7 prohibits all activities relating to Antarctic mineral resources, except for scientific research…”
So basically we have a Treaty written to put in place a framework to support the peaceful freedom for scientific investigation that specifically prohibits non peaceful use and or mining of resources…seriously, and the countries who claim territories are signed up and ready to defend this? Obviously, based on the information I found, they are not and the Treaty is being torn up, stepped on and burned.
Russia, China and the United States are actively pursuing ‘interests’ in the region?…they couldn’t possibly build a military base could they…?…yep, they sure will, and did!
Watch this portion of a CNN video on the topic:
That’s a pretty serious building for a mining camp and you often mine with nuclear ready war planes and soldiers.
But, that’s Russia, no one else is really toying with the idea are they?
According to Nick Whigham in his article Should we be concerned about a challenge to Australia’s territorial claim in Antarctica?
“A GROWING number of voices are warning that Australia’s complacency in Antarctica could open the door for China to lay claim to parts of the icy continent.”
“Antarctica is a mineral rich continent and underpinning the suspicion is the fact that China is seen as a resource hungry nation in need of fossil fuels and minerals to feed its growing economy.”
You may ask how serious are they; how invested are they? To answer this question…
“China recently began work on its fifth Antarctic research facility…
…raise concerns about China’s clear desire to exert greater control in the region, potentially at Australia’s expense.”
Once again the military option also raises its ugly head.
“China has conducted undeclared military activities in Antarctica, is building up a case for a territorial claim, and is engaging in minerals exploration there,…”
“…also pointing out the Chinese government has stated in policy documents that it reserves the right to make a claim in Antarctica.”
If this isn’t enough to start putting together the puzzle pieces of the potential for our next ‘Cold War’ then let me close with this…according to the U.S. Department of State.
“The United States has strong diplomatic interests in Antarctica. In particular, the United States seeks to promote Antarctica’s status as a continent reserved for peace and science in accordance with the provisions of the Antarctic Treaty of 1959. The United States played a major role in negotiating this Treaty, which was signed in Washington, and it participates actively in all aspects of the Antarctic Treaty System. There are currently 53 Parties to the Treaty, of which 29 are Consultative Parties having the right to participate in decision-making.”
Could we be forced into another conflict and / or be an active participant in securing the untapped and yet to be quantified resources of another International Continent for which we were a key player in the creation of a Treaty to protect and serve a land we do not govern…sound familiar…this is exactly how conflicts start, we will need to pay very close attention to the chess moves to come.
We must stay awake, be aware, think with an open mind and be vigilant in the defense of our rights, our freedoms and our protection of humanity.
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