Articles | Volume 17, issue 5
Research article
03 May 2023
Research article |  | 03 May 2023

Permafrost degradation at two monitored palsa mires in north-west Finland

Mariana Verdonen, Alexander Störmer, Eliisa Lotsari, Pasi Korpelainen, Benjamin Burkhard, Alfred Colpaert, and Timo Kumpula

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