About Barents Sea, facts and maps

The Barents Sea is very important for the Norwegian fishing industry, since it is both a valuable growing-up area for several important species of fish and big catches are taken here. For the past 40 years, the Barents Sea has given a yield of between 1 and 3.5 million tonnes of fish.

Russia. Russia’s ambition in the Barents sea is connected to the strategic importance of the oceans’ abundance of natural resources. However, the region is also strongly connected to its own maritime military capabilities, where its largest base for naval forces is located in Murmansk.

230 m, and a maximum depth of about 500 m at the western end of Bear Island Trough. Its topography is characterized by troughs and basins, separated by shallow bank areas. The Barents Sea is divided into the Russian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the Norwegian EEZ (agreed since 2010).

What is the meaning of Barents?

barents sea. [ n ] the part of the Arctic Ocean north of Norway and Russia.

Why is Russia so interested in the Arctic?

The strategic priorities of the Russian Federation can be seen in the expansion of the resource base region to fulfill its energy needs. It is not surprising that the Arctic accounts for 10 percent of Russia’s GDP and 20 percent of its exports. Therefore, the region is crucial in the strategic designs of the Kremlin.

Does Russia own the Arctic?

Russia’s Arctic territory stretches along 24,140 kilometers of coastline along the Arctic Ocean and waters above the Arctic Circle from the Barents Sea in the west at the border to Norway to the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk in the far east.

Why does Russia claim the Arctic?

The Arctic has ample supplies of oil and gas, making it a strategic region not only for the Russian economy but also the commercial interests of key Kremlin powerbrokers who are close associates and members of Putin’s inner circle. The Arctic economic interests of the state and of the ruling elites are intertwined.

What countries are in the Barents?

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The Barents Region consists of northernmost parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and North-West Russia. Sometimes the area is also referred to as the Euro-Arctic Region.

How cold is the Barents Sea?

The absolute air temperature minimum in the Barents Sea region reach 20°C below zero over the ice-free area of the Sea and 30°C below zero in the north and southeastern part. On land, in remote areas far from the Sea, air temperatures reach 50°C below zero.

How deep is the Bering Sea?

The Bering Sea has an average depth of around 5075 feet, or around 1550 metres. It has a greatest depth of around 15,600 feet, or 4700 metres. The Bering Sea is a marginal sea of the Northern Pacific Ocean.

How deep is Barents Sea?

The Barents Sea is a rather shallow shelf sea, with an average depth of 230 metres (750 ft), and it is an important site for both fishing and hydrocarbon exploration.

How big is Barents Sea?

1.4 million km²

Can a helicopter fly to the North Pole?

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Helicopter expedition is the fastest and the most affordable way to get to the North pole. Unlike the 13-days cruise by the nuclear icebreaker, this tour will let you reach the top of the world in just 3 days.

What country owns the Arctic?

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States with territory and territorial waters within the Arctic Circle are Norway, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, the US, Canada and Denmark (which owns Greenland). Because the Arctic is mostly sea there is no international treaty protecting its environment from economic development, as there is for the Antarctic.

Does NATO have an Arctic strategy?

By forming a new command, NATO’s Arctic Command (ARCCOM), with the purpose of fostering discussion and deterrence in the High North, NATO can demonstrate its commitment to ensuring the region does not become a flashpoint for international conflict.

Why is the Arctic so valuable?

The Arctic is crucial for lots of reasons. Not just because it’s home to the iconic polar bear, and four million people, but also because it helps keep our world’s climate in balance.

Is the US Army in Norway?

Værnes also serves as a storage base for the United States armed forces as part of the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway. The military owns the runways and taxiways, but these are operated by Avinor. Three to four hundred military aircraft are handled at the air station each year.

Does the Norwegian Sea freeze?

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The warm North Atlantic Current ensures relatively stable and high water temperatures, so that unlike the Arctic seas, the Norwegian Sea is ice-free throughout the year.