The Northwest Passage is a sea route through the Arctic Ocean that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Its name comes from European explorers who sought a trade route to the north and west of North America. The passage was not successfully mapped until the early 20th century.
- Northwest Passage Clear of Ice Again in 2016
Read Tom Di Liberto's article and see satellite images of the Arctic route in this Climate.gov post.
- Arctic Ambition: The Race to Sail the Northwest Passage Heats Up
Read Ollie Williams's 2014 CNN article about increased cruise ship travel.
- Partial Opening of Northwest Passage, 2015
Look at NASA's satellite images of the treacherous waterways in August 2015.
- Safe Navigation Through the Northwest Passage
Read about one scientific study on how to improve ships' odds for safely sailing through this historically perilous region. (ScienceDaily, 3 November 2016)