Wildlife and environment
Researchers to consider the probability of new funnels on the Kara Sea shore
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Researchers to consider the probability of new funnels on the Kara Sea shore

A group of Russian researchers are headed for the Kara Sea shore to investigate new dangerous natural phenomena, funnels, the first of which was discovered on the Yamal Peninsula in 2014, TASS reported, citing the press service of the governor of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area.

"Researchers from the Moscow-based Oil and Gas Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences will travel to the settlements of Se-Yakha and Sabetta to assess the probability of the appearance of new funnels similar to the one that developed in 2014 in the alluvial valley of the Mordy-Yakha River. They will also check the information on the appearance of new funnels," a source in the press service told TASS.

The expedition to the Yamal Peninsula and Bely Island includes representatives from other Arctic research organizations. For example, researchers from the Federal Center for Comprehensive Arctic Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Northern (Arctic) Federal University (Arkhangelsk) will study local animals and the ecology of soil and terrain invertebrates in a changing climate, while experts from Tyumen State University will implement a comprehensive project of soil studies on the Yamal Peninsula and Bely Island.

The expedition was organized by the Russian Arctic Development Center, which was established in 2014 to coordinate research and the implementation of the results of research in Russia's Arctic regions.