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Navigability of The Northwest Passage

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One of the great occurrences of the world that simply alter many views and ideas, the life of thousands, is the navigability of the Northwest Passage. This sea route took hundreds of years for sailors to discover and many were turned away such as, John Cabot when he lost the battle with the perfidious and grueling weather conditions of the seas. Is this route the future of shipping as we know it? Controversies are evident in this discovery, but there are some benefits. The economics, international waters dispute, effects of climate change, and transfer of specific species to North America waters are all factors that contribute to the Northwest Passage.

Since the beginning of time, trade routes and expeditions have shaped the world. First, in 1271 Marco Polo traveled from Venice, Italy on a painfully long journey to China. From a lack of geographical knowledge and mapping in the 13century his expedition was unfortunately un-successful. To add, in 1534 Jacque Cartier set out on a major expedition to find Central Asia, but instead discovered Canada because there was no knowledge of the oceans and countries that might be in the path of different sailing routes. Finally, in the early 21st century the Panama Canal was discovered by the French and Spanish shortening the distance between the East Coast of the United States and the markets to the West Indies. As a result, when the Northwest Passage was discovered shipping industries went mad as well as many economic industries. A convenient way to access the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans while not compromising any valuable time or money.
Just decades ago, the gray whale hasn't strayed to the Northern Atlantic Ocean since the 18th century. T...

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...ave been known for consistently practicing this method, in turn we are always gaining territory in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. International law expert at the University of British Columbia stated: “we’ve essentially been able to avoid problems over this in the past because the ice has been too thick and too hard to make it a commercially viable route…But, of course, the ice is melting.”

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