WASHINGTON – Forget Santa Claus’ ethnicity — what is his nationality? Canada’s recent announcement that it may try to extend its territory to include the North Pole has led to a debate over who owns this Arctic area, about 1.3 times the size of the United States. Let us consider some of the biggest misconceptions about the North Pole and how its landscape is changing.
1. The North Pole is just like the South Pole: Many people look at pictures of the North Pole and wonder where the penguins are. Did the polar bears eat them?