STANLEY – The Falklands have added a new island, a representative of the United Nations Commission on the Law of the Sea, has confirmed.
Lithuanian geologist Professor Loof Lirpa says a new island has emerged in the South Atlantic Ocean, about 150 miles north of Steeple Jason.
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The island, unnamed yet, is just within the Falkland Islands Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and a 200-mile circumference extension to the zone has been agreed with the UN.
This area contains rich fishing areas, with potential for huge hydrocarbon reserves.
The island first emerged about six months ago, but news of its appearance has been a closely guarded secret until its exact position could be confirmed.