The American Arctic

Sea Change by Scott Borgerson
The Atlantic, November 2008

"The opening of a new waterway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans is akin in historic significance to the opening of the Suez Canal, in 1869, or is Panamanian cousin, in 1914. With this sea change will come the rise and fall of international seaports, newfound access to nearly a quarter of the world's remaining undiscovered oil and gas reserves, and a recalibration of geo-strategic power."

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she edits digital features.

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