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Arctic Ponds Dry Up, Disappear

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Arctic Ponds Dry Up, Disappear

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Arctic Ponds Dry Up, Disappear

Arctic Ponds Dry Up, Disappear

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Evidence indicates that Arctic ponds have been wet for thousands of years. Scientists believe that global climate change is to blame for their disappearance. Camp Pond (above) has completely dried up. Courtesy of the University of Alberta hide caption

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New research shows that ponds found in the high Arctic are going dry. The shallow ponds are important ecosystems, freezing solid in the winter but teeming with life during the summertime. Researchers believe the drying of the ponds may be due to global climate change.

John Smol, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change; director, Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab; professor, Department of Biology, Queen's University