Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Collapse-scar bogs formed following permafrost thaw

Detailed Description

When permafrost thaws, the ground surface subsides and becomes inundated and the black spruce forest growing on the permafrost can no longer survive. Trees teetering and falling over in thawing permafrost are often referred to as "drunken trees." The black spruce forest is replaced by a saturated bog, dominated by sedges and mosses. This wholesale ecological transformation has large impacts on carbon cycling.


Public Domain.