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The extraordinary high temperatures due to global warming observed in the Sakha Republic of Russia (northeast Russia) reveal the bodies of anthrax-affected animals that sleep in the permafrost there, and release dangerous ancient bacteria. Increase the risk of
Alexander Fedorov, Deputy Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences Permafrost Institute, told Sputnik.
In Verkhoyansk, the Republic of Sakha, the maximum temperature reached 38 degrees Celsius on June 20. This record high temperature has attracted the attention of the World Meteorological Organization and may be listed in a "record book" of meteorology after the investigation.
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Melting of Siberian permafrost can release dangerous pathogens
According to Fedorov, climate change in the Republic of Sakha has become quite apparent in recent decades.
"This problem (the melting of permafrost reveals the bodies of animals with anthrax spores) existed before global warming," Fedorov said in the process of changing the course of the river. Occasionally, burial grounds for such animals were found. Global warming further increases this risk. "
Melting permafrost could cause other problems, according to Fedorov.
"Many ancient bacteria have been released as the permafrost melts," Fedorov points out.
Sergei Davydov, senior researcher at the Institute of Pacific Geography, Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, expressed a similar opinion.
"More than 10% of Russia's land is permafrost. It's a rock glacier that formed millions of years ago .... It used to be a huge ecology of mammoths, gelisols, woolly rhinos, and more. There were systems and some of those animal-specific illnesses, all of which were trapped in ice, but the permafrost is now thawed. "
In addition, anthrax was found in the mammoth's body, according to Davidov.
He also pointed out that the Yukaghir people, indigenous peoples living in northeastern Russia such as the Sakha Republic, were once declining due to the high mortality epidemic of smallpox.
"Smallpox may be sleeping somewhere in the permafrost," Davidov emphasized. "We need to study past epidemics."