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17 Sep. 2007
An aerial view shows thermokarst lakes outside the... more
ARCTIC-RUSSIA/PERMAFROST
RTR1TXW1
17 Sep. 2007
DUVANNY YAR, Russia
An aerial view shows thermokarst lakes outside the town of Chersky in northeast Siberia August 28, 2007. For millennia, layers of animal waste and other organic matter left behind by the creatures that used to roam the Arctic tundra have been sealed inside the frozen permafrost. Now climate change is thawing the permafrost and lifting this prehistoric ooze from suspended animation. Zimov, a scientist who for almost 30 years has studied climate change in Russia's Arctic, believes that as this organic matter becomes exposed to the air it will accelerate global warming faster than even some of the most pessimistic forecasts. Picture taken August 28, 2007. To match feature ARCTIC-RUSSIA/PERMAFROST REUTERS/Dmitry Solovyov (RUSSIA)
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