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Who Owns the Arctic?
For centuries, people have journeyed north to the Arctic. The region was first settled thousands of years ago, by native people who fished and hunted there. Many of their descendants live in the Arctic today. No single nation owns the North Pole or the Arctic. But five countries—Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia, and the United States—are vying for rights to the frozen north. Each nation is trying to gain more control over the Arctic—and the valuable natural resources beneath its frigid waters.