Arctic Ocean

Information about Arctic Ocean

The Arctic Ocean is the smallest of the world's five oceans (after the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, and the recently delimited Southern Ocean).

The Northwest Passage (US and Canada) and Northern Sea Route (Norway and Russia) are two important seasonal waterways.

In recent years the polar ice pack has thinned allowing for increased navigation and raising the possibility of future sovereignty and shipping disputes among countries bordering the Arctic Ocean.

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