This handout photograph obtained June 28, 2018 courtesy of Parcs Canada shows a sonar scan of Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin's lost ship, HMS Erebus, on the ocean floor.
/ AFP / Parcs Canada
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A mad rush is needed to preserve or catalogue thousands of Arctic archaeological sites before they are washed away by the hastening thaw of permafrost and coastal erosion, a study said Thursday.But with faster and more severe climate change in the poles than elsewhere in the world, the situation has become desperate, with far more sites of interest that will soon be lost than scientists have the time or resources to document.In 1826, a member of explorer John Franklin's famed Arctic expedition reported 17 winter houses and a communal structure there.Other effects of global warming cited in the study include storms, the growth of vegetation covering the landscape, tundra fires, resource development, and the arrival of tourists navigating increasingly ice-free Arctic waters and illegally picking over coastal archaeological sites for souvenirs.
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