The Pull Of The Arctic As the melting Arctic surfaces transit routes and resources, NPR takes an in-depth look at the region.
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The Pull Of The Arctic

Kirkenes Harbor is currently quiet, but the mayor hopes to build it into a logistical hub 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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A Mayor In Norway's Arctic Looks To China To Reinvent His Frontier Town

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The Nielsens' sheep farm sits on the edge of a fjord in southern Greenland. The family has owned and run the farm since 1972. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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In A Warming Greenland, A Farming Family Adapts To Drought — And New Opportunities

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Narsaq, a town of 1,200 in southern Greenland, sits near the Kvanefjeld project, one of two major rare earth mineral deposits in Greenland. The Arctic island has a wealth of rare earth resources that the U.S. has labeled as essential to national defense. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Greenland Is Not For Sale. But It Has Rare Earth Minerals America Wants

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Suriya Paprajong moved to Greenland in the winter of 2001. Some 18 years later, he has built up a life, including opening his own restaurant. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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A Tiny Thai Restaurant In Remote Greenland Serves Up Spice (And Whale Skin Soup)

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Norwegian Pvt. Ivan Sjoetun sits in the border post where Russian land can be seen out the window. The post is in the far northeast corner of Norway and offers a commanding view of this starkly beautiful area some 250 miles above the Arctic Circle. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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In A Remote Arctic Outpost, Norway Keeps Watch On Russia's Military Buildup

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