A heat wave thawed Siberia's tundra. Now, it's on fire. - National Geographic

A heat wave thawed Siberia's tundra. Now, it's on fire. - National Geographic


A heat wave thawed Siberia's tundra. Now, it's on fire. - National Geographic

Posted: 06 Jul 2020 12:00 AM PDT

For months, Siberia has been experiencing extreme heat due to a combination of persistent sunny weather and human-caused climate change. In addition to producing Arctic temperatures that cracked 100 degrees in June, the heat has fueled an enormous outbreak of wildfires, including fires on tundra underpinned by permafrost—normally frigid soil that is likely becoming even less frozen this year. Orange dots show locations of fires detected in the week prior to July 6, 2020.

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