hydrographers, any state can delineate a new "continental shelf outer limit"
that can extend up to 350 miles from its shoreline. Data has been collected
for most of Britain's submissions and Chris Carleton, head of the law of the
sea division at the UK Hydrographic Office and an international expert on
the process, said preliminary talks on Rockall are being held in Reykjavik,
Iceland, next week..."
extending the normal 200-mile limit requires volumes of technical evidence
of submarine soundings. According to the convention on the law of the sea,
applicant states may register their rights by "establishing the foot of the
continental slope, by meeting the requirements stated for the thickness of
Once demarcated, the ocean floor may then be claimed up to 60 nautical miles
from the bottom of the continental slope. When territorial rights have been
obtained, states have the right to extract any minerals, natural gas or oil
discovered in the annexed seabed..."