At a 50-square mile nature reserve tucked deep in Arctic Siberia, scientists are working on a radical plan to fight climate change by reviving the ancient grasslands of the last Ice Age – and the beasts that once roamed them.

While this period is better known for the glaciers that swathed the continents until 12,000 years ago, the grasslands of the Mammoth Steppe ecosystem also dominated much of the surface.

Researchers at Pleistocene Park are attempting to reintroduce wild herbivores and even resurrect woolly mammoths to revert Beringia to a grassy landscape that absorbs less heat than the forests there today, in efforts to stop the thawing of Siberia’s permafrost.

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