When permafrost thaw reaches concentrations of ice underneath the surface, it may trigger local soil instability.
In the works for more than a decade, proposed legislation to protect glacial and permafrost environments in Chile suffers from uncertainties and omissions that could sow conflict instead of solutions.
How much carbon peatlands may lose—or accumulate—in the future varies from place to place, according to a process-based model.
Changes in the 14C ages of carbon and biomarkers deposited at the mouth of a river draining a permafrost watershed track responses of regional thaw depth to past warming and cooling.
Scientists have found a methane reservoir below the permafrost seabed of the Laptev Sea—a reservoir that could suddenly release large amounts of the potent greenhouse gas.
By combining demography data with permafrost maps, researchers provide a first count of the population on permafrost and predict its imminent decline.
The excrement delivers nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen, kick-starting islands of vegetation at the edge of the cryosphere.
Permafrost thawing associated with climate warming increases contributions to streamflow by deeper, cooler groundwater flow paths, which may result in lower summer stream temperatures.
Muestras de campo provenientes de Alaska muestran cómo la luz solar y el hierro convierten el carbono del permafrost en dióxido de carbono. Los modelos climáticos ignoran este proceso.
Frost quakes occur in boreal regions when rapidly expanding ice underground causes frozen soils to fracture. A recent frost quake in Finland has given scientists a rare look into how they form.