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Posted Wed Jul 30 2008: from Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
Melting permafrost poses threats to infrastructure, Alaska economy
"...By definition, permafrost is any ground thatís been frozen for at least two years. It can be dry soil or nearly all ice, and it can start an inch below the surface or many yards below. It can go down a few feet or a few thousand. Now, as temperatures warm across Alaska, the temperature of the frozen ground is warming, too. In some places, itís warmed to its own tipping point of 32 degrees Fahrenheit, at which point it stops being permafrost and starts being water and soil."
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