Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 22 Issue 02

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Volume 22, No. 2
Pages 263 - 264

FILM REVIEW • Strait Through The Ice

James P.M.Syvitski
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Strait Through The Ice examines the geopolitical ramifications of the opening of the Northwest Passage due to global warming. The film offers viewers stunning vistas of this territory, as it follows the crew of the Canadian Coast Guard research icebreaker Amundsen through the Passage. A summertime, ice-free corridor would save the maritime industry some 4000 km on routes between Europe and Asia, primarily to Japan and China. Other economic activities in the Canadian Arctic would also expand, as freight ships would become available to offload their cargos.


Syvitski, J.P.M. 2009. Review of Strait Through The Ice, a film by Y. Billy. Oceanography 22(2):263–264, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2009.61.