Saturday, October 17, 2009

CLIMATE CHANGE: Siberian Thaw to Speed Up Global Warming

By Pauline Go

Siberia has several glaciers which are very important for the biosphere of the Earth. Now it has been discovered that these glaciers are melting and it can actually have devastating effects. The main reason for the frost to melt is global warming.

However, scientists did not expect it to happen so fast. They now think that they could have been wrong in calculating the amount of greenhouse gases like methane that being released into the atmosphere as the permafrost melts. As the temperature increases the glaciers and the frost will melt further.

Also, reports from the Antarctic show that the levels of carbon dioxide in the environment are rising at an alarming rate. In Siberia, methane is the biggest problem as the levels shown are very high. Methane can be produced in soil also due to decomposition of bacteria. However, in different environments like Siberia and Artic, which are permafrost regions, the methane producing bacteria tend to get locked in the soil. Over thousands of years, this methane becomes due reservoirs of gas.

In Siberia, it has been estimated, that more than 450 billion tons of methane and carbon dioxide could be trapped in the frozen soil. However, if the ice in Siberia or the Arctic melts, then these gases would be released into the atmosphere. As a result, global warming can take place at an express speed and we will soon see our end faster than we expected. The sea levels will rise ridiculously, and half the world will collapse due to extreme weather conditions.

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