Arctic Permafrost – GBRI
 

The Russian Arctic is undergoing major development after the recent discovery of oil and gas fields in the area. The exploitation of the area for oil and gas leads to numerous geological challenges, the most important being formation of gas hydrates in frozen rock mass. Gas hydrates are ice-like crystalline structures formed by water and […]

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A recent report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on oceans and the cryosphere stated that the Arctic ice is melting at a much faster pace than expected by scientists, and this spells doom for the already endangered polar bear populations. This year’s annual minimum of the Arctic sea ice tied with the second-lowest […]

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The climate change induced thawing of the Canadian Arctic permafrost has shocked scientists as this is an event that wasn’t expected until another 70 years. A “series of anomalously warm summers” has dramatically accelerated melting rates at three sites despite average annual ground temperatures remaining low. Ponds and hillocks have formed as a result. The […]

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Recently, an international team of researchers, led by the University of Edinburgh, flew drone-mounted cameras over a section of permafrost coastline on Herschel Island, also known as Qikiqtaruk, off the Yukon coast in the Canadian Arctic. What they discovered is enough to send chills down one’s spine. In 40 days over the summer, the coast had […]

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