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September 05, 2021 
Yegor Dyachkovsky poses for a photo near his family home where the land has been deformed by the thawing... 
CHURAPCHA, Russia 
The Wider Image: A father and son's Ice Age plot to slow Siberian thaw 
Yegor Dyachkovsky poses for a photo near his family home where the land has been deformed by the thawing permafrost, on a former airfield in the village of Churapcha in Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Russia, September 5, 2021. Mottled hills and pitted reliefs are typical in places where the permafrost has degraded, producing what is known as "thermokarst" terrain. Across Russia, there are more than 15 million people living on permafrost foundations. Russia is investing to better monitor the subterranean thaw. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment plans to deploy 140 monitoring stations, each with up to 30-meter wells to measure the situation underground. While that may help determine how quickly the region is thawing, it won't help villagers like Dyachkovsky whose home is already buckling at Churapcha's former airport. In the five years since his family built their home, the ground has sunk below it. At first the home was raised 30 centimetres off the ground on its stilt foundations. The gap is now a full meter. Dyachkovsky has brought five truckloads of soil to fill the gap between the ground and his home, and says he still needs more. Picture taken September 5, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov SEARCH "PERMAFROST SHEMETOV" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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