Palsa mires mainly occur in subarctic wetland areas in northern hemisphere. They consist of peat mounds, known as palsas, which form in open terrain areas where wind is thinning the snow cover. This allows frost to access palsa’s permafrost cover through peat and palsas grow.
Palsas’ life cycle goes through growing to melting even in stable climate conditions. However, now as the temperature has risen, combined with increased precipitation, there is few signs if not any of new palsa formations which leads to palsa loss.
This material is filmed in 2021 summer at Karigasniemi, Sápmi / Finland for the exhibition of Sámi Museum and Nature Centre Siida:
“Enâmeh láá mii párnááh – These lands are our children – Nämä maat ovat lapsiamme”