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Lakes that form in thawing permafrost emit substantial amounts of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. It emerges that large quantities of carbon can also be stored in sediments at the lake bottoms. See Letter p.452

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Figure 1: Thermokarst lakes in Siberia.

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Sobek, S. Cold carbon storage. Nature 511, 415–416 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature13643

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