The Bering Strait Crossing

The Bering Strait Crossing

by James A. Oliver

Paperback(First 2006; Revised 2007 ed.)

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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.

Isolation, extremes of climate, and geopolitical tensions 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 overland, between Asia and the Americas.

In the modern era, several 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.

James A. Oliver blends geography, exploration and international relations to recount a story that has, incredibly, been lost to the archives - but which belongs to the future as much as to the past. The Bering Strait Crossing is an adventure story that is still unfolding, and which, in the 21st century, stands as a frontier with new challenges on the horizon . . .From East and West, enter a cast of extraordinary protagonists: Pliny, Mercator, Dezhnev, Vitus Bering, Shelikhov, Captain Cook, William Gilpin, Roald Amundsen, and - since the end of the Cold War - George Koumal, whose vision for a mighty project to cross the strait is worthy of Jules Verne's Voyages Extraordinaire. . .

"The Bering Strait crossing has a deep, worldwide significance."
- Dr Yutaka Mochida

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780954699567
Publisher: Information Architects
Publication date: 09/01/2005
Series: Where Continents Meet , #1
Edition description: First 2006; Revised 2007 ed.
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

James A. Oliver is an international writer, editor, and occasional journalist. In recent years, his publications have included The Bering Strait Crossing: A twenty first century frontier, which was published worldwide in 2006. In 2007, he was invited to Moscow by the Russian Academy of Scientists to discuss the subject at the World Link conference.
From 2007-2009, he lived in Paris on the IÎe Saint Louis, while working on the Single European Sky (SES) project. In this interlude, he also developed the script for The Pamphleteers: The Birth of Journalism (2010).
He is presently based at a remote location for his research on Strait of Gibraltar: antiquity to twenty first century.
James Oliver is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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