The work on the EU-funded TUNDRA project on the north Russian Arctic Usa River, by Margriet Huisink, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and Sandra van der Linden, Utrecht, continues towards its final stage at the beginning of 2001. Reports and scientific publications are in progress (see also Frozen Ground 23, 1999). In the framework of the palaeo-periglacial research at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the existence of former (until yet unknown) continuous permafrost in the middle of the last glacial could be detected (dated at 33-38,000 14C years ago) in eastern Germany. The accompanying vegetation was reconstructed in great detail. A publication by Bos et al. is in press in the ‘Journal of Quaternary Science’.

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