Icebreakers are vital to the transport of goods across the so-called Northern Sea Route, which connects Asia with North America and Europe. Taking the Northern Sea Route instead of going through the Panama Canal can save shipping companies as much as $500,000.

Photograph by George F. Mobley

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North Pole
North Pole Encyclopedic Entry

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Scientists are very interested in the North Pole—the northernmost point on Earth