Arctic Oil

Contest Info

  • Started: 8/2/2007 06:00
  • Ended: 8/4/2007 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 6
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
Arctic Oil
Contest Directions: Russia has claimed its rights to the Arctic and sent a submarine to the Noth Pole which will plant a capsule with Russian Flag into the Arctic seabed, claming the ownership of the area. Recent tests showed that Arctic seabed oil deposits total to 10-16 billion barrels of oil - as much as 25% of remaining "black gold" deposits on the planet. At the moment no country posesses the necessary technology to extract oil from the Noth Pole seabed under 7 miles of water and ice, however it is only a matter of time before such technology is developed. With Arctic ice melting significantly in the last decades, the Polar area is becoming more open for exploration. Unites States, Canada and other countries are likely to dispute the Russian ownership of the Arctic and its fuel resources.
Photoshop anything related to extraction, refinery, and sales of the Arctic oil. Examples may include North Pole refineries on the ice, underwater gas stations, magazine covers about the event, changed names and logos of oil producers, and others.

Contest Info

    • Started: 8/2/2007 06:00
    • Ended: 8/4/2007 06:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 6
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
6 pictures
  • Gas Station in the Arctic

    Gas Station in the Arctic
  • Santa with a Gas Can in the Snow

    Santa with a Gas Can in the Snow
  • Arctic Oil Billboard

    Arctic Oil Billboard
  • Penguin with Arctic Oil Ice Cubes

    Penguin with Arctic Oil Ice Cubes
  • Arctic Seal Covered in Oil

    Arctic Seal Covered in Oil
  • Arctic Seal with an Oil Can

    Arctic Seal with an Oil Can
6 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Today, main resources of world Ocean are petrol and combustible gas, deposited at its sea beds. Half of the extracted hydrocarbon raw material is taken out from sea depths. Arctic attracts several countries due to its huge gas and oil reserves. According to the prognosis of scientists, melting of ice and general rise in temperatures can make Northern Ice Ocean an active thoroughfare between Europe, Asia and America. Arctic - North Polar Region of the Earth and surrounded by continents Eurasia and North America, entire Northern ice ocean with islands (excepting the coastal islands of Norway) and also adjoining portions of Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Southern boundary of Arctic coincides with southern boundary of Tundra. Area is approximately 27 million sq.km. Sometimes, Arctic is bounded from the South by North polar circle. It is known fact that, depths, rich with carbon of plant and animal origin, as a rule, form deposits of liquefied and solid fuel. Large mass of stones and incoherent minerals, carried away from shores on drifting ice, settle down at seabed. When the ice melts, then the accumulated mass could form into heavy "cover", creating huge pressure on the internal structure, lying beneath and thus the internal structure is transformed into oil or gas. Oil reserves were already explored on shallow shelves, flanking the Arctic from Arctic plain on North of Alaska up to North of Europe. But barrels of dark, old rocks, taken out from underwater Lomonosov mountain ridges indeed are first hint that such reserves occur even in basins with a depth of two miles near the "vertex of the globe". Though, results of underwater drilling near North Pole are important not only for the consumers of liquefied and gaseous fuel. After all, sedimentary stratum, accumulated on bedrock over tens of millions of years, forms peculiar chronological scale, according to which it is possible to trace the climatic changes, occurred during this period. And it is also important to prepare justified prognosis of its future changes. Since the ice is thinning, new fish trading regions business shall come-up due to global warming and shortly, fishermen shall lay their fishing nets there, where once only polar white bears were to be sighted. It is not the fauna that is threatening to transform the Arctic into an arena for subsequent confrontation of super powers but the oil and gas, which are occurring at the ocean bed. Till recently no one had thought of drilling the seabed of Northern Ice Ocean, since it was impossible to even imagine the compensation of expenditure, spent on drilling. This has changed ever since the fast economic growth of China and India spurred the world prices on oil. Estimation of energy resources, occurring at the bed of Northern Ice Ocean, differ but, it is possible that the energy resources are not less than the available in Saudi Arabia. US Geological Survey reckoned that 25% of unexplored global reserves of oil and gas are located in Arctic Ocean. It is considered that approximately 10 billion cubic meters of hydrocarbons and also diamonds and ores is deposited in Arctic. This threatens to lead to new oil rush in the region: Five countries are breaking through ice packs to obtain whatever is lying beneath them. And who knows what harm they are causing to the ecology of ice cap. Russia, Canada, USA, Norway and Denmark are claiming Arctic. International Law gives each of the countries a right to have control over economic zone within the limits of 200 miles of "Continental shelf", defined as "Underwater continuation of surface territory of States". On the basis of this definition, amicable International agreements were made almost in all the regions of world excluding the Arctic. Geology of Northern Ice Ocean - item of fierce disputes. Any country, tearing for oil in the Global warming period, is acting as extremely irresponsible, informs Ben Stewart from the Greenpeace organization. Countries, ambitious to grab lion's share of organic fuel, can spoil the untouched environment of Arctic. Instead, it would be worth fighting for renewable fuel resources.