Economic activity is limited to the exploitation of natural resources, including petroleum, natural gas, fish, and seals.
Endangered marine species include walruses and whales; fragile ecosystem slow to change and slow to recover from disruptions or damage; thinning polar icepack
Body of water between europe, asia, and north america, mostly north of the arctic circle
Total: 14.056 million sq km note: includes baffin bay, barents sea, beaufort sea, chukchi sea, east siberian sea, greenland sea, hudson bay, hudson strait, kara sea, laptev sea, northwest passage, and other tributary water bodies
Slightly less than 1.5 times the size of the us
The littoral states are engaged in various stages of demonstrating the limits of their continental shelves beyond 200 nautical miles from their declared baselines in accordance with article 76, paragraph 8, of the united nations convention on the law of the sea; record summer melting of sea ice in the arctic has restimulated interest in maritime shipping lanes and sea floor exploration