New comprehensive atlas of the Arctic will be produced
by Sergei Shoigu
The Russian Geographic Society (RGS), in conjunction with the Moscow State University School of Geography, will produce a new comprehensive atlas of the Arctic, RGS President Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday.
"The drawing of an Arctic atlas involves extensive, serious work." Shoigu, who is also Russian emergencies minister, said at the opening of the international forum, The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue. "We will start in the near future and, I hope, will be able to present the atlas at the next Arctic forum."
The atlas will feature descriptions of potentially dangerous areas in the Arctic, which may be of interest to companies operating in the region, he said.
The RGS is hosting the forum on September 22-23. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who heads the RGS Board of Trustees, is expected to attend.
RIA Novosti is the official media partner of the forum.
The Arctic Ocean’s ice cap and the surrounding waters are home to polar bears, seals, whales, and a rich variety of other marine life whose survival has long depended on sea ice. Recently, Russian explorers in deep-sea submersibles made the first-ever visit to the North Pole on the dark, frigid seafloor on top of the planet.