Who Owns Rights to Melting Arctic?

This map shows potential routes of the Northwest Passage and Russia's Northern Sea Route. Though the Northwest Passage is currently iced over, analysts think global warming might reduce the ice and make passage a viable shipping route in 30 or 40 years. Ray Vella

For the better part of four centuries, explorers prowled the seas of North America, hunting the long rumored Northwest Passage, a navigable waterway that would connect Europe and Asia by way of the icy waters of the Arctic.

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