The Batagaika Crater holds secrets of Earth's past climate


Today’s Video of the Day from the USGS describes how the evolving Batagaika Crater in Russia’s Extreme North is providing scientists with a look into the climate of the past.

Using images captured by Landsat and Sentinel satellites, scientists can assemble a continuous view of the Batagaika Crater over the last 60 years. 

The geological record that is held in layers of permafrost inside of the crater, however, holds a snapshot of Earth’s climate that may date back as far as 650,000 years.

Video Credit: USGS 

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer


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