National Treasure #44: Pingos

Well, the things you find out.

There are about 11,000 pingos in the world: ice domes, basically, which can form only where there is permafrost.

Canada has about 1/4 of them, and a special park to protect some of them near Tuktoyaktuk – Pingo National Landmark.

There is evidence of a Pleistocene pingo near Moscow.

Here’s some evidence of one near Tuktoyaktuk.

Irregular ice-dome hill near Tuktoyaktuk Airport.



    1. Isabel Gibson

      Jim – I don’t know (this is getting to be a long list, the things I don’t know). But pingos seems to be a function of permafrost, so if that goes, so do they, I’m guessing.

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Marion – Well, “pinguino” is the Spanish word for penguin, so that’s not a bad guess. I find it amusing the things we take for granted and just figure are everyday knowledge – what we know varies a lot!

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