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Northwest Passage

So there's talk of the Arctic pack ice melting and a Northwest Passage to Asia opening up. I was looking at my globe and realized that if the ice really melts off, European shipping will want to go nowhere near it. A longitude line goes from the Netherlands through Norway over the North Pole and straight to the Being Strait. American shipping might want to play "squeeze through Canadian islands", European wouldn't.

Of course it's likely that Baffin and the other islands would thaw free before the polar ice melted. But even then, European shipping might prefer a Northeast Passage, aka Northern Sea Route, along the north coast of Russia.

I wonder if there's been any SF about a fight over control of the Bering Strait, which is the unavoidable chokepoint for fast West-to-Far-East shipping.

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