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Methane Content and Emission in the Permafrost Landscapes of Western Yamal, Russian Arctic

Institute of the Earth’s Cryosphere of Tyumen Scientific Center of Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, 625000 Tyumen, Russia
International Centre of Cryology and Cryosophy, Tyumen State University, 625003 Tyumen, Russia
Department of Cryolitology and Glaciology, Faculty of Geography, Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow, Russia
Institute of Northern Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks, PO Box 755910, Fairbanks, AK 99775, USA
I.S. Gramberg All-Russia Scientific Research Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources of the World Ocean (VNIIOkeangeologia), 190121 Saint-Petersburg, Russia
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Geosciences 2020, 10(10), 412;
Received: 7 September 2020 / Revised: 12 October 2020 / Accepted: 13 October 2020 / Published: 14 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Gas Emissions and Crater Formation in Arctic Permafrost)
We present the results of studies of the methane content in soils of the active layer and underlying permafrost, as well as data on the emission of methane into the atmosphere in the dominant landscapes of typical tundra of the western coast of the Yamal Peninsula. A detailed landscape map of the study area was compiled, the dominant types of landscapes were determined, and vegetation cover was described. We determined that a high methane content is characteristic of the wet landscapes: peat bogs within the floodplains, water tracks, and lake basins. Average values of the methane content in the active layer for such landscapes varied from 2.4 to 3.5 mL (CH4)/kg, with a maximum of 9.0 mL (CH4)/kg. The distribution of methane in studied sections is characterized by an increase in its concentration with depth. This confirms the diffuse mechanism of methane transport in the active layer and emission of methane into the atmosphere. The transition zone of the upper permafrost contains 2.5–5-times more methane than the active layer and may become a significant source of methane during the anticipated permafrost degradation. Significant fluxes of methane into the atmosphere of 2.6 mg (CH4) * m−2 * h−1 are characteristic of the flooded landscapes of peat bogs, water tracks, and lake basins, which occupy approximately 45% of the typical tundra area. View Full-Text
Keywords: permafrost; landscapes; methane; Arctic; tundra permafrost; landscapes; methane; Arctic; tundra
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Oblogov, G.E.; Vasiliev, A.A.; Streletskaya, I.D.; Zadorozhnaya, N.A.; Kuznetsova, A.O.; Kanevskiy, M.Z.; Semenov, P.B. Methane Content and Emission in the Permafrost Landscapes of Western Yamal, Russian Arctic. Geosciences 2020, 10, 412.

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Oblogov GE, Vasiliev AA, Streletskaya ID, Zadorozhnaya NA, Kuznetsova AO, Kanevskiy MZ, Semenov PB. Methane Content and Emission in the Permafrost Landscapes of Western Yamal, Russian Arctic. Geosciences. 2020; 10(10):412.

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Oblogov, Gleb E.; Vasiliev, Alexander A.; Streletskaya, Irina D.; Zadorozhnaya, Natalia A.; Kuznetsova, Anna O.; Kanevskiy, Mikhail Z.; Semenov, Petr B. 2020. "Methane Content and Emission in the Permafrost Landscapes of Western Yamal, Russian Arctic" Geosciences 10, no. 10: 412.

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