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Permafrost is Thawing & No Longer Permanent Source: Siberia's Permafrost Melt Disrupting Land Global Wake-Up Call Scientists are pointing out that the effects of global Climate Change are particularly evident in Russia, where 2/3rds of the land is permafrost. But that is dramatically changing. Global warming is savagely reducing the permafrost in Siberia, which is one of the coldest human habitats on Earth. The permafrost is thawing away. Twice the Warming Siberia and the Arctic are warming at least twice as fast as the rest of the world. Melting permafrost is causing severe flooding during springtime in Siberia. It's changing and disrupting the landscape and in some cases destroying homes. The permafrost melt is changing the habits of migratory animals and is threatening entire villages. Raging, Massive Forest Fires In the last several weeks, 8 million acres of forest in Siberia have been engulfed in massive fires. The fires have been touched off b
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New Research: Sulfuric Acid Speeding Erosion in the Artic Courtesy: NOAA Runoff from Melting Permafrost in Alaska Flows Toward the Sea The Arctic's ice melt from global warming seems to get worse with every new scientific study. Melting permafrost is making the ground unstable and waterlogged. But scientists now say it's also dissolving rocks and minerals embedded in it. Acid Mix Sulfite minerals in the ice are forming sulfuric acid as the ice melts. That's creating an acid mix that's speeding erosion. Dramatic Changes & CO² Releases The Arctic is undergoing dramatic changes as temperatures rise and sea ice melts. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the earth. The sulfuric acid and escalating erosion are just one more consequence of an ice melt process that threatens to release billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from the permafrost alone.