Sunday, August 29, 2010
Northwest and Northeast Passages are now open and ready for business
from the University of Bremen
The Northwest Passage, which is basically the sea route that Columbus was looking for, shaves a few thousand miles off the trip between European and Asian ports. This is the third year in recorded history that it's been open. The other two years were 2007 and 2008. In a few years time with increasingly warmer temperatures, it will become commercially navigable. Canada, Russia, the US and various Scandinavian countries are beginning to quarrel over who can control this traffic.
Denmark is also very excited that the ice melt has exposed possible mineral and oil deposits in Greenland. It will allow the Danes to give the territory independence and to get it off the welfare dole.