Russian and Eurasian republics

Taylor Godbout

Siberia

In Siberia, it is very cold. It produces Permafrost, which is permanently frozen ground beneath. Scientists believe it’s so cold because of all the methane that is produced. Methane is a colorless, odorless, natural greenhouse gas. A greenhouse gas is a gas that traps the sun’s heat.

Aral Sea

The Aral sea is in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The water is a salt-water lake. In 1973, it was a very large lake. Because of climate changes and human changes, it is only a fraction of the size it was in 1960. It is very dry there and central Asia is as well. Central Asia has semiarid and arid regions. This was very critical because the animals around there didn’t have their resources. Pollution also caused this drought. Fertilizer and pesticides, came in and their chemicals killed harmful weeds and insects, and came into it.

Chernobyl

Chernobyl is located in Ukraine. On April 16, 1986, there was a nuclear reactor that exploded. This was the worst nuclear explosion in history. A radioactive, or ionizing radiation or particles, cloud spread over Ukraine causing injuries, and diseases. The winds carried fallout into parts of northern and central Europe.