Ice­breaker heads to North Pole for land claim

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Canada’s largest ice­breaker is pre­par­ing for an ex­pe­di­tion to the North Pole. The trip marks this coun­try’s fi­nal data-col­lec­tion mission in the High Arc­tic be­fore mak­ing an of­fi­cial claim to the bar­ren, but strate­gi­cally im­por­tant area at the top of the world. The Cana­dian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Lau­rent is sched­uled to leave Hal­i­fax har­bour Fri­day. A crew that in­cludes in­ter­na­tional sci­en­tists will map the ocean floor all the way to the pole in a bid to prove Canada’s claim.

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