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Ground in Siberia is starting to go bouncy

Posted on Friday, 22 July, 2016 | Comment icon 6 comments

The permafrost is beginning to melt. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 APL
The unseasonably warmer weather appears to be having an adverse effect on the Siberian permafrost.
Following on from its recent spate of giant craters, Siberia's remote wilderness has now become home to an entirely different phenomenon - patches of ground which bounce like a trampoline.

The problem is best demonstrated by the video below which shows a man stepping repeatedly on a patch of ground as it quivers up and down like something floating on top of a waterbed.

This peculiar movement, as it turns out, is due to the permafrost underneath thawing out and releasing bubbles of methane gas. Scientists investigating the phenomenon discovered over a dozen separate patches and found that each released methane and carbon dioxide when pierced.

While seemingly harmless enough, this strange spectacle is another warning sign that rising temperatures are having an increasingly adverse effect on the environment.

How widespread this particular problem will become however remains to be seen.

Source: Tech Insider | Comments (6)

Tags: Siberia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by ROGER on 22 July, 2016, 19:00
So stick a pipe in it and generate electricity or heat area homes . DAH !
Comment icon #2 Posted by DieChecker on 23 July, 2016, 8:21
Hummmm.... This story seems a little shaky to me. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by XClashGames on 24 July, 2016, 2:24
It has nothing to do with Methane, what you see in the video is a phenomenon known as Soil Liquefaction, it is often caused by earthquakes but can also be caused by heavy machinery such as excavators or if there is so much water in the ground that it cannot hold it anymore and therefore acts in a jelly-like manner.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Calibeliever on 25 July, 2016, 17:44
Your hypothesis would seem valid if it wasn't for the fact that it deflated with a hissing sound when he poked a hole in it with his boot. No water came out, just gas.
Comment icon #5 Posted by DieChecker on 27 July, 2016, 16:51
And, if that was what was happening, then the entire tundra would be wobbly, not just small pockets. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by XClashGames on 6 August, 2016, 13:57
Not necessarily, have you ever seen the ground after heavy machinery has been on it for a while? It does this exact thing, thing is, it can be caused by many different things.

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