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Triumph of Technology Over Geography - Unlocking the Siberian Maritime Icebox,
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI
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The tremendous size of the Siberian land mass, its system of northward leading waterways, and its frozen Arctic coast have historically posed insurmountable geographic barriers to unlocking the regions vast natural economic wealth. Rercognizing the necessity of transportation systems as a prerequisite for the achievement of development as well as for communication and defence, this paper describes specialized Soviet transportation system components which have been matched to their environment and tied together into a comprehensive national transportation system, effectively unlocking the Siberian maritime icebox. Soviet success in this endeavor has geo-strategic ramifications which are noted in the Conclusions of the paper. Recommendations are offered to U.S. and Canadian readers. Contents Natural Resources and Increasing Siberian Importance Siberian Transportation Systems and Their Components.
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