Have you ever been walking through the park and all of the sudden the ground beneath your feet becomes like a bouncy house? Well, that exact thing is happening in the Siberian soils this hot summer and it could mean bad things for the environment. A group of research scientists exploring Belyy Island off Siberia’s Yamal Peninsula discovered large areas of bouncy soil, caused by trapped pockets of methane and carbon dioxide. The country is undergoing an unusually hot summer this year, and it is believed that the gas was previously frozen deep underground. You can check out the trippy video below.
Most of the Siberian soils are made up of a high-density organic matter which has been compacted over thousands of years, according to Gizmodo. As the organic matter is broken down, methane and carbon dioxide are released only to become trapped in the ground. The hot summer Siberia is currently experiencing has melted some of the thick permafrost, which allowed the gasses to percolate to the surface.
One of the biggest fears around this odd release of gasses is the continued rise in global temperatures. As the gas released was mostly methane, which has an 84 percent higher warming potential over CO2, researchers fear that this release of gasses could only make things worse. Other than the bouncy soils, locals are also finding gigantic craters appearing overnight in the region. It is believed that these are caused by gas pockets that were frozen in ice, suddenly bursting, and giving way to the soil overhead. Either way, there are some crazy things going on beneath the Siberian soil.
[Image Source: Siberian Times]
Written by Trevor English