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