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Earth's swan song

What are thermokarst lakes and why soil warming should worry us even more than air warming


Thermokarst lakes on the Tibetan Plateau in China's Qinghai Province.

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Raul-David Șerban
04 October 2022by Valentina Bergonzi

What are thermokarst lakes? Why is it critical to monitor permafrost? And how do we monitor the temperature of Ground Surface Temperature (GST)? Geographer Raul Serban provides us with answers he’s gleaned from his research: from the Tibetan Plateau in China's Qinghai Province to the Alps. Spoiler alert: a forecasting model is being developed in the Mazia Valley that could have worldwide implications.

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