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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Study: North Pole poised to become major shipping route

Rapidly melting ice in the Arctic will open it to larger ocean vessels, according to a study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The shift could significantly increase trans-Arctic trade for at least a few weeks of the year, dramatically reducing travel time between Europe and Asia by opening up “supra-polar” routes, through which moderately ice-strengthened ships could sail directly over the North Pole.

The study is the first to combine Arctic sea computer model projections of September, the month when ice is typically at its thinnest, and projections of future shipping trends.

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