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    Why Sarah Palin might really see Russia

    With Arctic melting, territorial claims are bringing it closer to Alaska.

    Andrew Sullivan has posted a video from The Economist which offers an excellent animated explanation of the current Arctic resources rush. Six nations bordering the melting Arctic Circle are vying for territory on the seabed and to control potential shipping lanes as more of the waters prove navigable.

    Among other things, there's oil and gas up there under the ice and sea. Russia, Norway, Denmark (via Greenland), Iceland, the U.S. and Canada are all players. They have until May 13, 2009 to stake their claim on unclaimed portions of the seabed to the United Nations. This is the best overview of the competing claims I've seen.

    Knute Berger is Mossback, Crosscut's chief Northwest native. He also writes the monthly Grey Matters column for Seattle magazine and is a weekly Friday guest on Weekday on KUOW-FM (94.9). His newest book is Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes On Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice, published by Sasquatch Books. In 2011, he was named Writer-in-Residence at the Space Needle and is author of Space Needle, The Spirit of Seattle (2012), the official 50th anniversary history of the tower. You can e-mail him at mossback@crosscut.com.

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