SIBERIA’S blowholes are exploding in numbers: Up to 20 have now been located, raising new fears the warming permafrost is releasing its deadly methane reserves. A new report in the Siberian Times has backed up the discovery of four enormous craters in the Siberian tundra last year with news of up to 20 more, smaller vents.
“It is important not to scare people, but this is a very serious problem,” Professor Vasily Bogoyavlensky of theRussian Academy of Sciences says.
“We must research this phenomenon urgently to prevent possible disasters. We cannot rule out new gas emissions in the Arctic and in some cases they can ignite.” The new blowholes have been found in the same region, the Yamal Peninsula, which translates to “World’s End”.
It is one of the coldest parts of Siberia. The frozen landscape has trapped methane in the ice-packed earth. This soil has, in recent decades, begun to soften as the climate warms… see more