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Melting Mongolian Ice Patches may Threaten Reindeer Pastoralism

Melting Mongolian Ice Patches may Threaten Reindeer Pastoralism

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 04 January 2020



Melting Mongolian Ice Patches May Threaten Reindeer Pastoralism, Archeological Artefacts
Melting Mongolian Ice Patches, Taylor et al, PLOS, 2019.
(Left); Image of a persistent snow and ice patch in Mengebulag taken in 2006, showing domestic reindeer using the patch, and (right); the same patch in 2018, which local residents indicated had melted for the very first time. By Taylor et al, 2019.


Industrial Man Affecting Nature Affecting Natural Man Directly

Melting Mongolian Ice Patches may Threaten Reindeer Pastoralism, Archaeological Artifacts,
PLOS, November 20, 2019.


New World Weather
"Northern Mongolian "eternal ice" is melting for the first time in memory, threatening the traditional reindeer-herding lifestyle and exposing fragile cultural artifacts to the elements..."

Traditional Climate-Environment Relationships
"The mountainous tundra of the northern Mongolian steppes features "munkh mus" or "eternal ice", ice patches which remain intact even in the summer. For the reindeer-herding Tsaatan people, they provide a place for heat-stressed reindeer to cool down, as well as fresh water, useful plants, and a reprieve from summer insects for herders and reindeer alike."

"...many ice patches had melted for the first time in memory between 2016 and 2018..."

Environmental & Cultural Threat
"As Mongolia continues to warm at a higher rate than the global average, the authors note that the eternal ice appears to be melting due to the increasing summer temperatures--and stress this puts both cultural heritage and traditional reindeer herding at extreme risk in the years to come."


Northern Latitude Physical Environment Changing

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Aug 2018
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Cultural Damage
Further North

Failing Permafrost Cellars Signal Change in Alaska Whaling Towns,
Anchorage Daily News, November 25, 2019


These Ice Cellars Fed Arctic People for Generations. Now They're Melting.
National Geographic, October 30, 2015.



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December 2019
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December 2019
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