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New database for monitoring the condition of Arctic water bodies

  • Published in Nature
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Ruslan Gorodnichev, head of the Russian-German laboratory for the ecological state of the Arctic of the North-Eastern Federal University, explained that the data will be used for educational purposes


YAKUTSK, October 11th. / TASS /. Specialists of the North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU) registered a database of 450 species of algae in the Anabar River basin in Yakutia.

According to Ruslan Gorodnichev, the head of the Russian-German laboratory for the ecological state of the Arctic, NEFU, at the moment, databases on water reservoirs of Yakutia, Krasnoyarsk Krai and Chukotka have been collected. With their help, scientists monitor the current state of rivers and lakes in the Arctic.

"We have registered a database of 450 diatoms of the Anabar River basin. We collect information on these algae in Yakutia, Krasnoyarsk Krai and Chukotka and conduct background monitoring of the state of the environment so that after the development of the territories we can track the changes,” said Gorodnichev to TASS. The compiled databases are also used for educational purposes, the scientist added.

Diatoms are unicellular algae, the initial link in food chains of aquatic animals. They produce up to 25% of the Earth's organic matter.

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