The final frontier: who owns the oceans and their hidden treasures?

General view of the local fishing community seen from the "Door of No Return" at Cape Coast Castle, a former slave holding facility, in the Ghanaian town of Cape Coast July 9, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Ransom-hungry pirates, polar explorers, offshore oil giants - the race for the riches of the world's final frontier is on.

From Thailand to Alaska, the battle to tap ever-dwindling resources from minerals to fish is spurring new conflicts over who has the right to the treasures of the deep seas.

THE FINAL FRONTIER
Who owns the oceans and their hidden treasures?
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