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The Thermal Regime of Permafrost Regions

  • Lev EppelbaumEmail author
  • Izzy Kutasov
  • Arkady Pilchin
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Earth System Sciences book series (LNESS)

Abstract

The permafrost base is defined as 0 °C isotherm, and thickness is defined as the depth from the surface to that isotherm. Permanent ice is found on or beneath approximately 20 % of dry land: 75 % of Alaska, 63 % of Canada, and 47 % of the Russian Federation are covered by permafrost. Wherever permanent ice is found, a necessary condition is satisfied for the existence of permafrost. Thermal data analysis could be successfully applied to analysis of mechanical properties of permafrost, its temperature regime, thickness and dynamics, as well as its influence to Earth's climate changing.

Keywords

Freeze Soil Permafrost Region Unfrozen Water Permafrost Zone Terrestrial Surface 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geophysics, Atmospheric and Planetary SciencesTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.BYG Consulting Co.BostonUSA
  3. 3.Universal Geoscience and Environment Consulting CompanyWillowdaleCanada

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