Bizarre Natural Phenomenon Turns Soil Into A Trampoline

Researchers in Siberia have come across large patches of grassy land behaving rather strangely. So, what is causing the eerie phenomenon?

Researchers Alexander Sokolov and Dorothee Ehric, from the Siberian Center for Environment Research and Training, recently tumbled upon an odd sight on a remote island off the coast of Siberia. They discovered at least 15 large grass-covered patches of land bouncing with an elasticity of a trampolines rather than the solid ground.

Scientists have attributed this bizarre natural phenomenon to the enormous underground gas bubbles, constituting mainly of methane and carbon dioxide, according to the Siberian Times.

The wobbly patches are occurring due to climate change. Apparently, since much of the ground in Siberia remains frozen all year-round, except for a small layer on the surface, when the warmer weather causes the frozen dirt to thaw, the gases that were locked inside start to bubble to the surface.

This raises serious concerns about global warming and the unprecedented thawing in the northern Arctic Circle.

Watch the Siberian soil wobble like a trampoline in the video above.

Banner/thumbnail credit: Reuters 

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