Prehistoric animals

Mammoths must save the Arctic

With the help of large herds of mammoths and other animals from the ice age, a Russian geophysicist wants to restore the ecosystem of the past and thus prevent the permafrost from melting.

Furry mammoths stomping around in the permafrost can hermetically seal the Arctic freezer.

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Several research teams are currently working to revive the mammoth by cloning or genetically modifying it.

And if it is possible to bring the mammoths back to life, then the Russian geophysicist Sergey Zimov has a plan with the giant beasts. They have to save the Arctic by slashing the ground.

Melting permafrost threatens climate

Sergei Zimov established an international research station in Siberia in 1980. Since then he has been working on restoring the ecosystem of the past. His goal is to prevent the melting of the permafrost.

The frozen soil is melting due to global warming. The soil contains organic material that is thousands of years old. Because this melts, decay processes are set in motion that release huge amounts of CO2 and methane that end up in the atmosphere and further increase global warming.

Colossi have to stomp Siberia cold

If you ask the Russian investigator, you solve this by releasing resurrected mammoths in Siberia. Their manure can provide a thick, insulating soil cover and they can stomp the soil hard so that it will act as the lid of a freezer.

Click here to read the details of this spectacular three-step plan:

Video: Hyenas once stalked the Arctic, fossils reveal (January 2020).

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