Massive Megaslump Chasm Delivers Apocalyptic Sound Effects As Permafrost Collapses
Huge areas of Northern Canada and Siberia Are Cratering-In As Permafrost Melts, the Tundra Ruptures and More Methane Escapes
Batagaika crater in Siberia is only the most dramatic example of the astounding changes in the melting landscape of the once frozen North. More than half a mile long and nearly 300 ft deep, Batagaika chasm appeared suddenly about 25 years ago. It is known locally as the Gateway to Hell due to the incessant booming noises that emerge from the ever-growing pit.
But there is nothing supernatural going on. The undulating permafrost of sub arctic regions is thawing for the first time in ten thousand years, wreaking geologic havoc. As part of the Arctic climate feedback loop, the rapid changes in Siberia and Northern Canada are self-perpetuating as carbon and methane - once frozen beneath the tundra - are released to accelerate global warming. Which melts the permafrost faster.
In Siberia, scientists have documented 52,000 square miles of topographic turmoil, as craters and sinkholes open at random and sediment slides into rivers. Increasingly, roads, buildings and other infrastructure is threatened by the unstable soil.
Batagaika is growing at about 30 ft a year, for the time being.
OTHER ALARMING ARCTIC STORIES: April 2017: Cycling along with the ClimateDenierTrolls as atmospheric CO2 crosses 410PPM: Scientists say the Earth is far outside the range of the Milankovich Cycles. The climate is no longer controlled by anything that resembles a natural process. READ THE WHOLE STORY
February 2017: Arctic temperatures remain historically high as sea ice extent falls to historic low. READ MORE
Late August 2016:
AUG 27 ARCTIC METHANE SPIKES The Arctic News reports significant upticks in methane releases from Alaska to Greenland on August 25 and 26 with levels as high as 2454 ppb. Methane is a powerful short term greenhouse gas.
ARCHIVES JULY 2016: As (Not So) Permafrost Thaws, Methane Bubbles Cause The Ground To Wobble "Like Jelly"
On Belyy Island in northern Siberia off the Yamal Peninsula, what were described as "fountains of gas" erupted up out of the permafrost when grass and soil was removed by researchers. The scientists say the CO2 releases in these areas are 20 times the norm, while methane (CH4) releases are 200 times natural levels. So far, over a dozen of these bubble zones have been found, but that is likely just the tip of the iceberg.
MARCH 2016: Things are getting crazy in the Arctic
Climatologists are beside themselves wondering what is going on in the Arctic as Spring 2016 approaches. Even Dr. Roy Spencer, a noted "climate skeptic" described the temperature variations as "Whopping." That seems unambiguous.
FUN FACT: Temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere exceeded 2 degrees above Celsius on March 3, 2016
The Svalbard in northern Norway has averaged 18F (10C) above average for the winter of 2015-2016, with temps rising above freezing on dozens of dates.
This particular set of data is satellite driven, which means that the eyes in the sky are able to access data from remote parts of the globe. More alarming data has been provided by NOAA and NASA, who measure surface temperature. The climate denier industry (and we know where their money comes from) considered research by the agencies because they are part of the government, which is bad.
FEB 2016: Toxic Algae Are Sliming Arctic Mammals And Things Are Getting Weird
The toxic algae blooms that were wreaking havoc in the Pacific Northwest in the past decade have moved north into Arctic waters, causing biologists to question the present and future impact on key marine mammal species, and the viability of the food chain as a whole.
READOf Melting Permafrost, Methane & Microbes
The release of methane trapped in the permafrost for thousands of years, and the emergence of microbes frozen in time beneath iced over ponds and lakes.
READGlacier Collapse Causing Major Uptick In Greenland Earthquakes
Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory reports that the sudden uptick in Greenland's seismic activity is due to massive hunks of calving glacial ice collapsing back onto the main glacier. READNOAA's Latest Report On Climate Is Not Good News
Summary of the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration and American Meteorological Society joint climate report. READ