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Business Booming in Arctic

Recent discoveries of oil, minerals, and diamonds in Arctic areas, and a growing interest in Arctic tourism, are bringing many non-indigenous people to the Arctic to live or visit.

•  The largest oil field in North America was discovered in Alaska's Prudhoe Bay area in 1968, and additional petroleum discoveries have more recently been made on Alaska's North Slope.

•  Diamonds were recently discovered in the Canadian Arctic. Today, diamonds are a billion-dollar export - making Canada the third largest diamond producing country in the world.

•  Tourism is a recent development for the Arctic. Visits to the far north have increased considerably during the last 15 years, with up to one million tourists annually.

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