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Is global warming going to turn Russia into a superpower?

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posted on Jul, 13 2004 @ 08:30 AM
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If the world continues as it is and global warming continues to warm the Earth. Then as the siberian wastes and other snowy inhospitable areas of Russia will become open for development. This will give the Russians room for farming or indeed anthing they want. sounds like a superpower in the making to me......



E_T

posted on Jul, 13 2004 @ 09:21 AM
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Much of Siberia is swamp, so little warming doesn't help that.
And in fact melting of frost could cause collapse of (those few) roads and oilpipes.



posted on Jul, 13 2004 @ 09:32 AM
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Is global warming going to turn Russia into a superpower I don't thing so. Their land is not very fertile to begin with.

Siberia

Large expanses of tundra permafrost are melting. In some regions the rate of thawing of the upper ground is nearly 8 inches (20 cm) per year. Thawing permafrost has already damaged 300 buildings in the cities of Norilsk and Yakutsk. In Yakutsk, the average temperature of the permanently frozen ground has warmed by 2.7 ?F (1.5?C) during the past 30 years.

Lake Baikal, Russia

Winter freezing is about 11 days later and spring ice breakup is about 5 days earlier compared to a century ago. Some regions of Siberia have warmed by as much as 2.5?F (more than 1.4?C) in just 25 years.

Tundra is the coldest of all the biomes. Tundra comes from the Finnish word tunturia, meaning treeless plain. It is noted for its frost-molded landscapes, extremely low temperatures, little precipitation, poor nutrients, and short growing seasons. Dead organic material functions as a nutrient pool. The two major nutrients are nitrogen and phosphorus. Nitrogen is created by biological fixation, and phosphorus is created by precipitation. Tundra is separated into two types:Artic and Alpine.


www.climatehotmap.org...


E_T

posted on Jul, 13 2004 @ 10:09 AM
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Here's nice pictures what much of these northern arctic areas look:
www.ntrautanen.fi...
... those which aren't swamps or completely frozen around the year.

You can find same kind of areas in Alaska and northern Canada.


There are big forests which are called Taiga.
www.nebulasearch.com...

www.nebulasearch.com...


And warming doesn't change fact that there's dark at winters, light part of day is only couple hours long, on northest areas sun stays under horizon over month.




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