Subsiding landscape

Subsidence by an industrial road and railway line in Neryungri. Thermokarst lakes are formed as ice thaws. The ice layer supporting the surface vegetation melts leaving pools in the landscape characterised by mounds of unsupported earth. These subsiding landscape formations are a great threat not just to local infrastructure in permafrost regions but to the global climate because of the high organic gas content locked in the ice layers.

Photo 5 of 16 in Neryungri

56.6862°N, 124.674°E
Subsidence by an industrial road and railway line in Neryungri. Thermokarst lakes are formed as ice thaws. The ice layer supporting the surface vegetation melts leaving pools in the landscape characterised by mounds of unsupported earth. These subsiding landscape formations are a great threat not just to local infrastructure in [tag permafrost permafrost] regions but to the global climate because of the high organic gas content locked in the ice layers.
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