And is there any way North Korea would be interested in exploiting it in the near future?
Remember our top 10 futuristic story-lines from “South Pole Vendetta”?
10. The South Pole – no longer inaccessible
9. Heroes don’t have to sleep with everyone who comes along.
8. North Korea is looking for respect and power on the world’s biggest stages.
7. Is there really an ocean of oil under the South Pole?
6. The atlatl is an actual, legitimate, weapon – sort of.
5. The division of Antarctica between so many nations is a volatile situation.
4. Unmanned military airplanes will continue to evolve.
3. Nanotechnology will change warfare in the near future.
2. The Switchblade may be the next generation of military aircraft.
And the Number 1 futuristic story line from “South Pole Vendetta”:
1. Where’s the evidence for global warming?
Let’s consider some different aspects of this seventh question:
Got any idea how many barrels of oil the US consumes every day? The CIA World Factbook says somewhere around twenty million.
How about North Korea? Same source – 13,000 and falling.
So, do you think North Korea, the antagonist in “South Pole Vendetta”, might be interested in any new sources of oil?
The idea of a huge reserve of oil under the ice at the South Pole is an interesting one. There are those that believe that there may be a huge deposit there, there’s just a couple of problems: 1. The treaty prohibiting exploration of resources there, and 2. How in the world does one work with the stuff if it is there? It’s a million degrees below survivable!
CoolAntarctica.com says this:
“It is believed that oil and natural gas are to be found in large quantities in Antarctica’s continental shelf though these are not currently being exploited.
“Antarctica poses a number of serious logistical problems to any would-be mining or prospecting activities;
*”The most extreme cold on the planet.
*”A very thick ice sheet.
*”Isolation from any town, city or industrial development.
*”Having to cross the roughest seas on the planet to get any cargo back to the industrialized world.
*”Gigantic icebergs like multi-million ton ploughs that threaten shipping, platforms and pipelines.
*”The annual “icing-in” of the continent when the area around the coasts freeze so that only the most powerful (and expensive) ice breakers can get through.
“Oil and gas from the continental shelf are the most likely resources that may be exploited, but this is still a good distance in the future. The shelf areas are not covered by the Antarctic Treaty unlike the continental zones and therefore are not subject to the same protection.”
The Istanbul Gazette goes on to say:
“On the other side of the world, meaning the South Pole, a vast white continent with a surface area of 14,000,000 km2 – possibly containing a wealth of hitherto undiscovered mineral resources and a limitless reservoir of clean water – awaits the year 2048. People first started considering the possibility of exploiting Antarctica’s mineral resources in the 1980s. At the time these speculations led to the signature of the Wellington Convention on 2 June 1988. This agreement aimed at creating a strict framework to regulate mineral resource exploitation in the Antarctic. France’s Mitterrand boycotted the convention and subsequently, Australia, Belgium, and Italy followed suit. These rejections led to the 11th Antarctic Treaty Special Consultative Meeting sessions in the course of 1990 and 1991. Finally, on 4 October 1991 the Consultative Parties ratified and accepted the agreement, which basically cut short any form of mineral exploration on the uninhabited South Pole.” – Istanbul Gazette
It makes for an interesting question:
Is there a chance that some nation (wink) could decide to pursue that resource?