Inside a thermokarst lake

Exposed ice inside a thermokarst lake on the outskirts of the city Neryungri. Permafrost ice accounts for 60% of Russia's terrain and can be millions of years old, Siberia has some of the thickest at 1,400 metres deep. Until recently, the amount of greenhouse gases in permafrost was not taken into account in climate models and global carbon budgets. Some scientists believe the thawing of permafrost could become the epicentre of climate change.

Photo 10 of 26 in Permafrost

56.692°N, 124.648°E
Exposed ice inside a thermokarst lake on the outskirts of the city Neryungri. Permafrost ice accounts for 60% of Russia's terrain and can be millions of years old, Siberia has some of the thickest at 1,400 metres deep. Until recently, the amount of greenhouse gases in permafrost was not taken into account in climate models and global carbon budgets. Some scientists believe the thawing of permafrost could become the epicentre of climate change.
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