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OSLO (Reuters) - Coastal nations have quietly taken over areas of seabed totaling almost the size of Australia since 2002 and far more is up for grabs in one of the biggest redrawings of the world map in history, experts said.

A year after a May 13, 2009, deadline for states to outline the outer limit of their continental shelves, a U.N. commission is struggling with a vast backlog of claims to regions such as the Arctic that may contain oil or minerals.

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