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Collapse-scar bogs formed following permafrost thaw
Collapse-scar bogs formed following permafrost thaw
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Title: Collapse-scar bogs formed following permafrost thaw

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When permafrost thaws, the ground surface subsides and becomes inundated and the black spruce forest growing on the permafrost can no longer survive. Trees teetering and falling over in thawing permafrost are often referred to as "drunken trees." The black spruce forest is replaced by a saturated bog, dominated by sedges and mosses. This wholesale ecological transformation has large impacts on carbon cycling.

Location: Innoko National Wildlife Refuge, AK, USA

Date Taken: September 2012

Photographer: Miriam Jones
Photographer Email: miriamjones@usgs.gov
Photographer Organization: U.S. Geological Survey


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