Twaits glacier melting to affect three Russian cities

Twaits glacier melting to affect three Russian cities

February 28, 2023

The Siberian Federal University (SFU) scientist announced a possible scenario and the consequences of increasing sea level due to warming.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The melting of the Twaits glacier, also known as the Day of Judgment, and the global increase in sea level can affect three cities of Russia: Sochi, St. Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don. This was announced by the SFU’s Ecology and Geography Institute head Ruslan Sharafutdinov in the Nature scientific journal article.

The temperature at the south pole of the Earth became higher by 4–9 degrees Celsius than in past centuries. Two large Antarctic ice arrays cause climatologists’ special fears: the Twaits and Pine Island glaciers located on the west coast of the southern continent of the planet.

The scientist notes that Krasnoyarsk, located 127 meters above sea level, and Novosibirsk, located 86 meters above the sea level, will not be affected by 25 meters increase in the ocean.

“However, there are cities and entire states located at the ocean, the existence of which directly depends on the change in its level. Russian cities St. Petersburg, Sochi, Rostov-on-Don may suffer from a global increase in sea level”, said Sharafutdinov.

Earlier it became known that in the Arctic seas, thermophilic fish is met more often, in our country glaciers melt faster than in other regions, tundra plants can slow down the melting of the Arctic.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Olga Polyanskaya

February 28, 2023

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