The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

2016 Edition
| Editors: Igor S. Zonn, Andrey G. Kostianoy, Aleksandr V. Semenov

Bering Strait, Eurasia-America Transport Link

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24237-8_73

Bering Strait, Eurasia-America Transport Link – a project aimed at connecting Eurasia and North America (Chukotka and Alaska) with a tunnel, American Peace Tunnel, or a bridge, International Peace Bridge, across the Bering Strait. In 1890 the governor of Colorado State, USA, William Gilpin, was the first to come up with an idea to connect North America and Eurasia with the help of railway ferry line. The USA and Russia started to discuss the projects for construction of a railway line across the Bering Strait. An eminent researcher of Alaska Loïcq de Lobel addressed the Imperial Russian Technical Association with an idea of a project and a proposal to reconnoiter the route from Yakutsk to the Bering Strait and further to Alaska. Later, from the middle of the twentieth century, there appeared projects for construction of a railway transportation corridor between Chukotka and Alaska in a form of a tunnel or a bridge. The discussions resumed in the 1990s.

The project was discussed at big...
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