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Shrenk River, German-Soviet Expedition, Taimyr, July 1989
At this site on the bank of the Shrenk river, 1989 during the first German-Soviet biological expedition the idea of extending the Taimyr nature reserve toewards the North was born, which 1993 was followed by the establishment of the "great Arctic Rerserve" (Zapovednik). The Taimyr peninsular is covered by the most extensive and northernmost tundra habitats in Siberia. These enormous wetlands are used during the short Arctic summer (the picture is taken in early July) by millions of waterbirds, which winter in Southern Europe, Southern Asia and Africa. The biodiversity of the Taimyr peninsular is with 20% well covered with different kinds of protected areas. However, there may be need to connect them by South-North corridors to secure adaptation of biodiversity moving North with climate change. With increased warming and thawing of tundra massive release of methane stored in the ground could trigger further climate change.