#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Since the end of the 90s of the last century, the Arctic tundra has begun changing into green color. Due to warming, shrubs and grasses are spreading to higher latitudes.
A riot of greening can be observed in Alaska and Chukotka, but the landscapes of Taimyr, southwest Alaska, the coast of Yakutia and some islands of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, on the contrary, turn brown.
This phenomenon is reported by goarctic.ru with reference to a study by scientists published in the Arctic Report Card of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Researchers explain the browning of the tundra by subsidence and the emergence of new water bodies that arise as a result of the permafrost thawing.
The consequences of fires, beaver dams, insect invasion also have an impact. Experts believe that greening and browning of the tundra will only intensify in the future.
Earlier, scientists expressed concern that dangerous infections could appear in the Arctic due to warming. We also reported that in the Arctic they found bacteria that ‘eat’ oil, as well as an alternative to antibiotics.
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Text: Anzhelika Stepanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko