Nansen Basin

Nansen Basin

 

a submarine depression in the western part of the Arctic basin, bounded in the north by the Gakkel Ridge and in the south by the Spitsbergen-Severnaia Zemlia continental slope. The average depth is 3,430 m. The Litke Canyon, with a maximum depth of 5,449 m, cuts into the basin on the west. The basin was named in honor of F. Nansen.

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information on the limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured for three separate areas in the North East Atlantic and the Arctic: the Loop Hole in the Barents Sea; the Western Nansen Basin in the Arctic Ocean; and the Banana Hole in the Norwegian Sea.
For the Western Nansen Basin in the Arctic Ocean, the Commission provided the following geographical description:
The Western Nansen Basin area incorporates part of the Eurasian Basin of the Arctic Ocean with the Gakkel Ridge, a currently active seafloor spreading system, and the Nansen Basin lying to the southeast of the ridge.
The outer edge of the continental margin established from the foot of the continental slope of the Western Nansen Basin area by applying the provisions of article 76, paragraph 4, extends beyond the 200 M limits of Norway.
the Commission concludes that, in the Western Nansen Basin area, the FOS [foot-of-the-continental-slope] points listed in Table 1 of Annex I [to the Recommendations], fulfill the requirements of article 76 and Chapter 5 of the Guidelines.
in the Western Nansen Basin area, the outer edge of the continental margin beyond 200 M is based on points on the 60 M arcs and sediment thickness points .
The Commission recommend[ed] that Norway [should proceed] to establish the outer limits of the continental shelf from fixed point AO94 to fixed point AO1 of the Western Nansen Basin area accordingly.
213) Regarding the Western Nansen Basin area, the Commission recommended,