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Ominous thaw: warm patches spread in a permafrost-rich land

Thermokarst lakes covering the tundra landscape along the Arctic coast in the National Petroleum Reserves, Alaska, U.S.

Lakes formed by the thawing of permafrost in Alaska. Credit: Steven Kazlowski/Nature Picture Library

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Nature 606, 437 (2022)



  1. Farquharson, L. M., Romanovsky, V. E., Kholodov, A. & Nicolsky, D. Nature Geosci. (2022).

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