As Arctic Ice Melts, Rush Is on for Shipping Lanes, More

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 25, 2005   View Article

The melting Arctic ice is fueling a rush for the North Pole region’s resources.

Governments are jostling for political control over new passages for ships between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The disappearing sea ice could also open the way to exploit a bounty of oil, gas, minerals, and fish once protected by their inaccessibility, scientists and environmentalists caution.

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