Why was it important for Germany to control the North Sea during World War I?
a. The Central Powers were otherwise surrounded by their enemy and mountains.
b. The North Sea was their access to supplies from outside of Europe.
c. Control of the North Sea meant that they could disrupt supplies getting into the United Kingdom.
d. All of the above.
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The North Sea has long been the site of important European shipping lanes as well as a major fishery. The sea is a popular destination for recreation and tourism in bordering countries and more recently has developed into a rich source of energy resources including fossil fuels, wind, and early efforts in wave power.