Batagay megaslump

thermokarst depression in Russia

The Batagay megaslump (also called the Batagaika crater) is a large pit in Siberia. It is caused by the permafrost melting. This megaslump began as a cut on the side of a hill. It is the largest megaslump in the world.[1] Scientists are interested in the Batagay because it has a natural record of past ecology. Remains of extinct animals such as the prehistoric steppe bison and cave lion have been recovered.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Stone, Richard (2020-07-28). "Siberia's 'Gateway to the Underworld' Grows as Record Heat Wave Thaws Permafrost". Science. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  2. "Batagaika Crater Expands". earthobservatory.nasa.gov. 2017-04-27. Retrieved 2020-07-29.