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Permafrost-Landscape Map of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) on a Scale 1:1,500,000

Melnikov Permafrost Institute, 36, Merzlotnaya Str., 677010 Yakutsk, Russia
BEST International Centre, North-Eastern Federal University, 58 Belinsky Str., 677027 Yakutsk, Russia
Institute of Applied Ecology of the North, North-Eastern Federal University, 48 Kulakovskogo Street, 677000 Yakutsk, Russia
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Geosciences 2018, 8(12), 465;
Received: 31 October 2018 / Revised: 28 November 2018 / Accepted: 5 December 2018 / Published: 7 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Permafrost Landscapes: Classification and Mapping)
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The history of permafrost landscape map compilation is related to the study of ecological problems with permafrost. Permafrost-landscape studies are now widely used in geocryological mapping. Permafrost-landscape classifications and mapping are necessary for studying the trends in development of the natural environment in northern and high-altitude permafrost regions. The cryogenic factor in the permafrost zone plays a leading role in the differentiation of landscapes, so it must be considered during classification construction. In this study, a map’s special content was developed using publications about Yakutian nature, archive sources from academic institutes, the interpretation of satellite images, and special field studies. Overlays of 20 types of terrain, identified by geological and geomorphological features, and 36 types of plant groupings, allowed the systematization of permafrost temperature and active layer thickness in 145 landscape units with relatively homogeneous permafrost-landscape conditions in the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic. This map serves as a basis for applied thematic maps related to the assessment and forecast of permafrost changes during climate warming and anthropogenic impacts. View Full-Text
Keywords: permafrost; landscape; mapping; Yakutia; ground temperature; active layer thickness permafrost; landscape; mapping; Yakutia; ground temperature; active layer thickness

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Fedorov, A.N.; Vasilyev, N.F.; Torgovkin, Y.I.; Shestakova, A.A.; Varlamov, S.P.; Zheleznyak, M.N.; Shepelev, V.V.; Konstantinov, P.Y.; Kalinicheva, S.S.; Basharin, N.I.; Makarov, V.S.; Ugarov, I.S.; Efremov, P.V.; Argunov, R.N.; Egorova, L.S.; Samsonova, V.V.; Shepelev, A.G.; Vasiliev, A.I.; Ivanova, R.N.; Galanin, A.A.; Lytkin, V.M.; Kuzmin, G.P.; Kunitsky, V.V. Permafrost-Landscape Map of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) on a Scale 1:1,500,000. Geosciences 2018, 8, 465.

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