Breaking the Ice


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The Arctic seabed, with its vast quantities of undiscovered resources, is the twenty-first century’s frontier.

In Breaking the Ice: Canada, Sovereignty and the Arctic Extended Continental Shelf, Arctic policy expert Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon examines the political, legal, and scientific aspects of Canada’s efforts to delineate its Arctic extended continental shelf. The quality and quantity of the data collected and analyzed by the scientists and legal experts preparing Canada’s Arctic Submission for the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, and the extensive collaboration with Canada’s Arctic neighbours is a good news story in Canadian foreign policy. As Arctic sovereignty continues to be a key concern for Canada and as the international legal regime is being observed by all five Arctic coastal states, it is crucial to continue to advance our understanding of the complex issues around this expanding area of national interest.


An excellent resource for those who study the Arctic.

Publishers Weekly

In her preface, the author suggests that the book’s title has a double meaning … She succeeds admirably in both these efforts.

Maritime Engineering Journal

This book should appeal to historians and to the technically-minded alike.

Ron Macnab, Geological Survey of Canada (Retired)

About the Authors

Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 4, 2016
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Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon

Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon has spent three decades researching and writing about law of the sea policy. She is a Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, University of Toronto, and Professor Emerita in the Department of Political Science at Western University.