Russian Scientists Forecast Colder Climate


By Paul Homewood




Studies of the bottom sediments in lakes in Siberia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia testify to the forthcoming cooler period in Central Asia, senior researcher of the Russian Academy of Sciences Siberian branch’s V.S. Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy Andrei Daryin said.

"We think temperatures in South Siberia stopped climbing in 2010-2011 and a decline is about to start," Daryin told reporters on Monday.

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In his opinion, regional temperature measurements supported the prognosis.

The ten-year survey covered a historical period of approximately 3,000 years, the expert said. Synchrotronic analysis revealed bottom sediment changes of practically every season.

"We are working in the seasonal dimensions: spring, summer, fall," Daryin said.

Microelements found in the sediment reflect corresponding climatic conditions: the thickness of snow, rainfall, temperatures, lake salinity, which depends on the thickness of the ice shield, and so…

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