Glacial thaw slump


Glacial thaw slump on lake NE-14 near Toolik Lake, North Slope of Alaska, in 2007. This feature was roughtly 100 m across the widest point at the time this photo was taken. However, the feature has since expanded significantly.
ARC scientists documented how Arctic warming is thawing frozen ground (permafrost), creating hot spots of erosion, nutrient release into rivers, and decomposition of ancient organic carbon. This information is essential for managers and policymakers who must grapple with how to mitigate and adapt to future climate change.

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