Claiming the waters, now

After having complete control over every piece of land sticking out of the ocean, mankind is now preparing to invade the seas.

What was until now a distance of 200km from the shore before international waters began and nations lost the right to poach the water, is now set to increase in 2009, depending on how shallow the continental shelf is from the coastline.

There are advantages, of course. More mining opportunities, more opportunity to tap methane hydrates for fuel, but also, more opportunity for man to leave more of his polluted footprints. The flip side is the hope that there can be improved research opportunities, especially in marine biology where a lot is yet to be discovered.

Hopefully, this time scientists and researchers will have more say on what should and should not be done with this – man’s new found playground.

(Link via Dipayan’s Facebook profile.)

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