- Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States all regard parts of the Arctic seas as "national waters."
- The Arctic Council oversees non-military issues faced by Arctic states and indigenous groups.
- Some climate models predict that trans-Arctic voyages may be possible within a decade, which would cut shipping times from East Asia to Northern Europe by 40%.
- The long-elusive Northwest Passage actually exists.
- In 2009 the US Geological Survey estimated that the Arctic contains 30% of the world’s undiscovered natural gas and about 13% of the world’s undiscovered oil (mostly offshore).
- Two years ago, Russia dispatched a nuclear-powered icebreaker and two submarines to plant its flag on the North Pole's sea floor:
Monday, November 30, 2009
The Far North
This morning I gave my presentation in International Studies class about the Arctic. Pretty interesting place, actually, and the region is becoming increasingly important both economically and politically. A few highlights:
Posted at 3:21 PM