The next few decades will see the rise of the Arctic, says a renowned geologist in his new book.

Geoscientist and Guggenheim fellow Laurence Smith's new book The World in 2050 takes a peek in the future of the Arctic Rim four decades from now. It explores how these global forces: demographic trends, demand for natural resources, globalization and climate change are affecting  growth in the Arctic. While it may now be largely barren and inhospitable, sometime down the line, the resource rich ‘New North' could help the countries surrounding it to become more prosperous and attract migrants from all over the world.

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