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Lesson overview:What are the opportunities and challenges of mineral extraction in the tundra?

  • Russia has significant reserves of oil (8th in the world in 2016) and gas in parts of Siberia, as well as phosphate, gold, and tin.
  • The extraction of such minerals creates opportunities and challenges.
  • Link: ecosystems, energy and life in an emerging country*
  • Russia has significant reserves of oil (8th in the world in 2016) and gas in parts of Siberia, as well as phosphate, gold, and tin.
  • The extraction of such minerals creates opportunities and challenges.
  • Link: ecosystems, energy and life in an emerging country*

In this lesson we will learn about nickel mining in the Norilsk area of the Siberian tundra. We consider the opportunities and challenges presented by mineral extraction in the tundra environment.