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The Bering Strait Crossing
     

The Bering Strait Crossing

by James A. Oliver
 

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The Bering Strait Crossing is the epic story of the Intercontinental Divide. The ancient waterway - when the fog clears over the Diomede Islands - is among the world’s most stunning vistas. This is where the 53-mile wide strait, named for Danish explorer Vitus Bering (1681-1741), separates four continents across the Europe-Asia landmass and the Americas.

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The Bering Strait Crossing is the epic story of the Intercontinental Divide. The ancient waterway - when the fog clears over the Diomede Islands - is among the world’s most stunning vistas. This is where the 53-mile wide strait, named for Danish explorer Vitus Bering (1681-1741), separates four continents across the Europe-Asia landmass and the Americas.

Extremes of climate, isolation, and geopolitical tension have interfaced to create the perception of a frozen limbo at the edge of the world. Yet the Bering Strait is the world’s geographical crossroads - linking East with West - for nowhere else on the globe is it possible to cross the Pacific Rim between Asia and the Americas.

In the modern era, various schemes have been proposed - rail, ferry, tunnel - by which to cross the strait. Since the end of the Cold War, a scheduled air service has been in place. The strait remains undefeated in terms of a terrestrial link between the USA and Russia - so far.

The author uncovers a world-shaping revelation: that the Bering Strait has the potential to become a global shipping nexus via the Northwest Passage and the Northern Sea Route between Europe, North America, and Asia.

In the early 21st century, the self-induced amnesia of the long Cold War years is yielding to a fresh outlook between East and West across the strait. In a world thirsty for energy resources and trade, the prospect for US-Russian cooperation across the northern Pacific Rim is tantalising in its multiplicity - and vastness - with profound implications for the global economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780954699567
Publisher:
Information Architects
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Where Continents Meet , #1
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

James A. Oliver is an international writer, editor and consultant based in Devon. He is the author of A Footprint in the Sand, an epic political comedy inspired by a special assignment at the end of the Cold War, and The Anarchist's Arms - a stage play set in near-future London.
In 2006, The Bering Strait Crossing: A 21st century frontier was published worldwide. In April 2007, James Oliver travelled to Moscow with US associates at the invitation of the Russian Academy of Sciences to discuss the concept known as World Link. By 2009, these materials had formed the basis for a Discovery Channel documentary on the theme. The following year, the Beringia concept was awarded the Grand Prix for innovation at the Shanghai World Expo 2010.
From 2007-2009, James Oliver lived on the IÎe Saint Louis in Paris, where he worked as a writer and editor with the Single European Sky (SES) project. On his return to England, he developed the script for The Pamphleteers: The Birth of Journalism, Emergence of the Press & the Fourth Estate (2010).
Strait of Gibraltar: formation to the twenty first century (2017) is the second part of the trilogy Where Continents Meet. At present, he is based at a remote location for his research on the flagship essays Isle of Dogs and A Freshwater Assignment.
James Oliver is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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