That Word You Heard: Pingo

There, off in a distance: It’s a towering … it’s a mountain … it’s a pingo!
These mounds might seem mundane, though underneath their worldly extraneous is a
core of ice. Sometimes called hydrolaccoliths, pingos typically form in
arctic regions, like Siberia and northern Canada. In such wintry climates,
groundwater collects and freezes, aggregation ice underneath a aspect that
eventually army a belligerent up. They can strech heights of over 170 feet,
and if a core melts, they can leave behind hulk sinkholes — a popular
explanation among experts for a puzzling Siberian sinkholes that made
headlines behind in 2014.

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