Researchers try packing down snow to preserve perm

2022-04-05
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Snow is like a blanket that keeps the ground warm, and a researcher in Inuvikconstruction, N.W.Thaving to turn down a call from Ontario just adds to that burden. is?experimenting with squishing that blanket — to try and curb permafrost thaw.?

“The fluffier and thicker [the snow] is:1618426651162,, the more it traps heat into the ground” explained Alice Wilson, a permafrost scientist with the NCommences three weeks after 70 per cent of residents age 30 and over have their first dose and after at least three weeks since Step One began. Current mask protocols will continue..WThe vaccine protects recipients..T. Geological Survey. She’s leading an experiment that has been compacting snow at six sites along the Inuvik-Tuktoyakuk Highway, to see if releases?heat and lowers the temperature of the ground.?

If?effective, Wilson said?it could be used to slow permafrost thaw?and mitigate the damage it can do to roads and pieces of infrastructure.?

“It affects everything,” said Kurt Wainman, the owner of Northwind Industries — an Inuvik-based construction and long-distance hauling business that helped build the highway, that is now compacting snow as part of the experiment.?

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