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10 December 2008

All About Frozen Ground Web Site Released

damaged buildings in Dawson
This damaged building in Dawson City, Canada, shows what can happen when the warm interior of a building causes the permafrost underneath to thaw. Learn more about the importance of frozen ground on the All About Frozen Ground Web site.
—Credit: Andrew Slater

NSIDC's newest education offering, All About Frozen Ground, provides comprehensive information about the importance of frozen ground. Frozen ground and permafrost, or ground that stays frozen for at least two years, is key to our understanding of climate, frozen ground ecosystems, and the interaction between land and atmosphere.

Explore All About Frozen Ground to learn about the science behind frozen ground and why frozen ground matters to people, plants, and animals all over the world. Read an interview with permafrost expert and NSIDC Senior Scientist Tingjun Zhang, and browse a list of reading and classroom activities for K-12 learners.

NSIDC communications and science experts developed All About Frozen Ground with input from K-12 educators. NSIDC created the Web site with support from a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 2007 Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) Education and Public Outreach grant.

Visit All About Frozen Ground in the Education Center, or go to the Web site directly at

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