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Large Fire in Russian Siberia

73.0N 127.0E

June 25th, 2009 Category: Climate Change, Fires

Russia - June 24th, 2009

Russia - June 24th, 2009

A large fire, visible in the upper right quadrant, blazes in Russia’s Sakha Republic, in Siberia. Fires in this region are common at this time of year, as the Siberian fire season, normally starts in late June.

The fire is in the taiga biome, characterized by cold temperatures and conifer forests. The taiga, which accounts for one-fifth of the world’s forested land and is the world’s largest terrestrial biome, has seen a tenfold increase in the rate of deforestation in recent decades.

Scientists say global warming and lack of funding, which has left foresters ill-equipped to combat fires, are the main factors behind the loss.

Loggers have also been accused of starting some fires, reports the BBC, which enable them to trade in timber which is cheap but still usable.

The Lena River and Lena Delta are also visible in the lower right quadrant, and the Laptev Sea can be seen, covered in ice, in the lower left quadrant.

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