The permafrost ice had held in the water for tens of thousands of years, but over time, wind, rain, and warmer temperatures eroded and melted the ice gradually until the walls gave way in July of this year. Officials say that the remaining half of the lake may be reunited with its more intrepid, mobile half in the near future if erosion continues to occur.
Although these collapses, called “thaw slumps,” are common in the Arctic, they are becoming more abundant and more severe than they were in the historical past due to consistently rising ground and air temperatures, according to the NTGS.
- What is the cause of this phenomenon?
- What could be some issues that result from this?
A massive sinkhole spanning 45 feet in diameter opened up at a fertilizer facility in Florida, and has already leaked 215 million gallons of radioactive water into the state’s aquifer system.
- Why did this happen?
- How does this affect the environment or people?
- How can such accidents be prevented?
Shade balls in LA to prevent evaporation of water from reservoirs?
- Why is it necessary to conserve water?
- What are other ideas to conserve water?
- What are some issues that may happen?