Russian and the Eurasian Republics

BY:Mollie Olson

Siberian Lakes

Katey Anthony was an explorer of climate change do to permafrost at the Siberian lakes and found methane. The permafrost is underground and freezes the aboveground area. The methane gets trapped underwater above permafrost. The permafrost is thawing so methane is getting released. When methane is released it turns into a greenhouse gas. Katey Anthony says that “ Methane is 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide on a 100-year time scale. Ten times as much methane as what’s in the atmosphere now could be released in the Siberian lakes which could cause temperatures to rise faster and higher around the world.

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Chernobyl

At a power plant in Chernobyl a nuclear reactor exploded on April 26, 1986. Over parts of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia was a radioactive cloud 3,280 feet high. The contaminated land still had people living on it and had cows grazing on it that got infected and increased thyroid cancer. Central and northern Europe got fallout from the winds that carried it. The Chernobyl reactor has an 18 mile fence around it that nobody lives around.


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Trans-Siberian Railroad

The Trans-Siberian Railroad is 6,000 miles long which makes it the longest railroad in the world.In the process of building this railroad workers started at the ends and worked their way to the middle. Building the railroad wasn’t easy because of the climate and terrian. The railroad was starting to get built in 1891 and was finished in 1916. In Russia the gauge was wider than in China and Europe.
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