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Patterns of Economic Development

Transportation

Land and water transportation in the Arctic are hindered by year-round or seasonal obstruction by ice. Few roads serve the area, although some important arteries are in mainland Canada, northern Russia, and northern parts of Norway and Sweden. Coastal shipping is significant in several regions of the Arctic, notably in Russia, Scandinavia, Alaska, and Canada. Icebreakers clear shipping lanes in winter. Russia has a good river navigation system in summer. Air transportation is of great importance. Airports serve several communities, and “bush” airlines link isolated communities and mining operations with larger centers.

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