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Just a bit to add here, but I've been loosely following this in the news for years. Putin first made this issue publicly known as being important for him when he directed a Russian submarine to drop a Russian Flag in symbolic claim to Arctic resources. (there is *A LOT* to drill for within the Arctic Circle..and he wants it)
There is a thread here not too long ago about Putin also reopening one of their Cold War era Arctic bases with what was an absurd show of Naval power to escort a routine issue like that.
I think passage through what may be open water more and more into the future is part of it. (Panama won't be happy) but it's what lay beneath the Arctic sea bed I think it's ultimately about. Russia scoped that out many many years ago by what their actions say.
If you look at any map, the closest country to geographical north pole is greenland... last I checked their a country too, and seeing as the geographical north pole is ocean, they have the rights over it.
I must have read this wrong. For some reason I come away with the impression that Canada overstepped it's boundaries, but every place I read the comments people are yelling about Russia?
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Isn't the North Pole migrating to Canada in a slow pole shift anyways? Or is that the Magnetic, not True north?
But there are supposed to be a lot of resources under that ice. Also a lot of Russian Nuclear waste as well. They use it as their dumping ground.
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It's all a precursor to war. It's what you do when you think someone is about to declare war on you, you claim your territory and set your defenses up. Notice that not just Russia and Canada are going at it over claimed or unclaimed areas of the Earth, China and Japan/US/Taiwan/South Korea going at it over the East China Sea. China disputing some islands with Taiwan. Troop placements around the world have changed as well; US moved troops to Australia not too long ago, the US moves its naval fleets around all the time, but most recently into the Mediterranean along with Russia. Russia moving into the Arctic. North Korea has been in the spotlight more than enough times. Saudi Arabia and Israel supporting the Free Syrian Army (Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, and other terrorist organizations) while the US supplies weapons to that same army... Syria and Russia are allies.. Canada and the US are allies... the US and Saudi Arabia are allies... Israel isn't helping... its a big mess... but its all war.
The world is at war, the big battles just haven't started yet.
Ever since the magnetic north pole was first discovered in 1831, geologists have been tracking its progress. Unlike true north (which is marked by the Earth's axis), magnetic north is constantly on the move due to changes in the planet's molten core, which contains iron. Throughout most of recorded history, the pole has been positioned at or around Canada's icy Ellesmere Island, but if it keeps moving at its current rate, it won't be long before it sits above Russia instead.