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13 September 2017 / Gizmodo / Maddie Stone

As Alaska Thaws, Everything Changes

Utqiaġvik, Alaska, United States

HEALY, ALASKA—Bitter winters still dominate life in the Alaskan interior, but a practiced eye can spot the signs of a warming climate, particularly in the ground. Beneath the rolling fields of tussock scattered just north of the Alaska Range, what was once permanently frozen is starting to thaw. The impacts could ripple across the planet.

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An eroding bluff that contains Inupiaq archaeological artifacts in Utqiaġvik, Alaska. The land here has receded many meters over the past few decades. Photo: Ash Adams/Gizmodo