The Scramble for the Arctic: Ownership, Exploitation and Conflict in the Far North

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In August 2007, the world reacted with consternation as Russia planted a flag beneath the ice of the North Pole, symbolizing the Kremlin's claim to the Arctic with its vast mineral resources, and firing the starting gun on the world's last colonial scramble. The Scramble for the Arctic, which includes color and black-and-white photographs, examines the history of the region and its exploration, the current state of ownership, the likely outcomes of today's power plays, and what is at stake both politically and ...

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Overview

In August 2007, the world reacted with consternation as Russia planted a flag beneath the ice of the North Pole, symbolizing the Kremlin's claim to the Arctic with its vast mineral resources, and firing the starting gun on the world's last colonial scramble. The Scramble for the Arctic, which includes color and black-and-white photographs, examines the history of the region and its exploration, the current state of ownership, the likely outcomes of today's power plays, and what is at stake both politically and ecologically. With the map literally being redrawn by global warming, the ownership of the Arctic will be one of the defining issues of the next decade. Amid much propaganda and obfuscation, this informed and clear-sighted account of the competing interests of nations, corporations, and indeed species will prove an invaluable resource.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780711230408
  • Publisher: Lincoln, Frances Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Human Settlement of the Arctic 10

Ownership 30

Exploitation: Arctic Species as the Target 104

International Law in the Arctic 134

Exploitation: The Second Wave 158

The Future 178

Appendix 1 The Svalbard Treaty (1920) 197

Appendix 2 The Antarctic Treaty (1959) 204

Appendix 3 The International Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears and Their Habitat (1976) 209

Index 212

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