As Arctic ice melts, the opening of the North West Passage could be the definitive event of our time.
Is the U.S. poised to take advantage of this new trade route and its vast resources, or is Russia edging it out? What are the ramifications of the great melt?
David L. Kirchman, PhD, is the former editor-in-chief of the journal Limnology and Oceanography and has published over 100 papers in microbiologyand the marine sciences. He is an internationally recognized authority in microbial ecology and biological oceanography.
Claudia McMurray is Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment, and Science (2006-2008).