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70 per cent reduction in glaciers in Russia's coldest region

By The Siberian Times reporter
12 September 2015

Startling new evidence of thawing of glacial ice in less than six decades, with process speeding in last ten years.

Buluus glacier, Yakutia. Picture here and all images below: Bolot Bochkarev

The findings from geographical scientist Dr Alexey Galanin show how ancient glaciers - thousands of years old - are fast disappearing in the Sakha Republic, better known as Yakutia, the largest and coldest region both in Siberia and the Russian Federation.

'Starting from 1957 year, an approximate date of the beginning of the global warming process, the height of glaciers has reduced by 70 percent, and the total area  decreased by 40 per cent,' said the academic.

'During the last ten years the speed of glaciers' melting is rising to two metres a year,' he said.

The melting  has brought layers of glacial ice former some 2,000 years ago to the surface, he said. Equally, there was no reverse process, where other glaciers were forming. Such fast melting may be followed by a water level increase in the rivers of the vast region, explained the expert.

But he explained: 'Climate changes are not as dangerous for the Sakha Republic as for other regions.'

Another scientist Dr Victor Shepelev emphasised that  'climate goes in cycles', predicting: 'Right now, the world goes through a phase of warming which will continue until 2017-2020, then a global cooling will come from 2050 until 2060'.

Climate change shock: 70 per cent reduction in glaciers in Russia's coldest region


Climate change shock: 70 per cent reduction in glaciers in Russia's coldest region


Climate change shock: 70 per cent reduction in glaciers in Russia's coldest region


Climate change shock: 70 per cent reduction in glaciers in Russia's coldest region

Comments (3)

I'm intrigued by the human shaped inclusion in the fourth photo. Did anyone try extracting it?
Kim Weaver, Kailua, Hawaii
05/03/2016 06:28
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And just wait see what El Nino & La Nina throw at us in the next six months. World, we need to wisen up sooner or later or both Nino & Nina will be daily events.
Jaker, Dundalk
15/09/2015 07:59
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"...then a global cooling will come from 2050 until 2060" I research science and this is not true. Just as I know that if I drop a stone it will fall and strike the ground, I know that no cooling will come.

The tundra north will first moisten and flood. Soon it will dry. After 30 years the heating will be 10 degrees hotter than the 10 degrees hotter it is today. Methane seeps in the meantime will spontaneously ignite during storms and the new steppe will burn so that the fires of Baikal and the 10 million acres burned in Canada 2015, will be as nothing. Prepare to be mobile and to fight fires and then to reclaim the land which may for a time be the jewel of Europe. Prepare to farm as the seas will be devoid of life as the creatures cannot sustain metabolic acidosis.
Lisa, B.C., Canada
14/09/2015 13:07
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