Definition of permafrost
: a permanently frozen layer at variable depth below the surface in frigid regions of a planet (such as earth)
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Only surface layers of soil thaw under the 24/7 stare of the midsummer sun. Because the deep permafrost never melts, water pools on the tundra with nowhere to drain, creating perfect breeding grounds for the beasts.
For example, scientists recognize that the melting permafrost will probably release carbon into the atmosphere.
Mann only disputed the threat posed by the release of methane frozen in permafrost, and the characterization of a study about the pace of global warming.
Woolly mammoth are surfacing all the time as the permafrost slowly melts.
Its plain, boxy buildings sit on stilts to prevent their thawing the permafrost below.
There are, as of this writing, no woolly mammoths yet trampling the permafrost.
Its plain, boxy buildings sit on stilts to prevent thawing the permafrost below.
Along the way were clouds of mosquitoes, boggy land, permafrost and temperatures ranging from 90 degrees to minus 70 during one of the coldest years on record.
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Origin and Etymology of permafrost
permanent + frost
First Known Use: 1943See Words from the same year
PERMAFROST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of permafrost for English Language Learners
: a layer of soil that is always frozen in very cold regions of the world
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