Relict permafrost

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Term: Relict permafrost
Definition: Permafrost existing in areas where Permafrost cannot form under present climatic conditions. Relict Permafrost (including Relict Ice) formed when the mean annual surface temperature was lower than at present; it is in disequilibrium with the present mean annual surface temperature. This Permafrost persists in places where it could not form today. Relict Ice and associated landforms are a sign of degrading Permafrost.
Created 2022.03.08
Last Modified 2023.03.27
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