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South China Sea Oil and Gas Report
February 11, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

Many of the world’s most important energy trade routes pass through the South China Sea. The sea is underlain by significant oil and natural gas deposits, some of which are undeveloped.

Many of the islands in the South China Sea have competing claims of ownership, primarily because ownership of the island brings with it a claim to resources beneath the surrounding seafloor.


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Energy Through the South China Sea
February 16, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
"Stretching from Singapore and the Strait of Malacca chokepoint in the southwest to the Strait of Taiwan in the northeast, the South China Sea is one of the most important energy trade routes in the world. Almost a third of global crude oil and over half of global liquefied natural gas passes through the South China Sea each year." Quoted from the Energy Information Administration article.

Super Typhoon Usagi
September 23, 2013 | NASA Earth Observatory
"This weekend, the most powerful tropical cyclone of 2013 passed between Taiwan and the Philippines, then slammed into the southeastern coast of China on September 22. Dozens of people died in China and the Philippines due to flooding, airborne debris, and collapsed buildings." Quoted from the NASA Earth Observatory image release.

Formation of the South China Sea
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An international team of scientists will depart on an expedition to learn about the geologic history of the South China Sea aboard the JOIDES Resolution drilling vessel.


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