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River valleys: an important reservoir of organic matter

River valleys are reservoirs of dynamic organic matter (OM) playing a significant role in the global carbon cycle. The floodplains of meandering rivers, which are widely distributed around the world from subarctic to tropical areas and characterized by relatively high OM resources, are of particular importance in this respect. The aim of the study, published...

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Permafrost: unknown serious risk

The melting of ice in permafrost and the associated dangers have so far been studied in connection with its easily accessible shallow subsurface part of terrain. However, it turns out that lower permafrost part may be exposed to much larger and more difficult to detect changes. The article by W. Dobiński and M. Kasprzak shows...

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Three decades of the snow measurements on Hansbreen

Snow cover is a key element of the natural water cycle and the primary building material of glaciers. On the Hans Glacier (Hansbreen), located in southern Spitsbergen, detailed snow measurements have been carried out for over 30 years, but until now, these data have yet to be practically unavailable. The Scientific Data (Nature Research) published...

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Antarctica: new spectacular facts

Research into Antarctica did not begin until the mid-nineteenth century. Since it was named a continent by C. Wilkes in 1852, no one has thought about the criteria that determine it. Without the ice sheet, Antarctica is a mere archipelago of islands that are half the size. This issue is resolved in the article published...

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