Permafrost thaw sparks fear of mammoth ivory 'gold rush' in Russia

Prospectors dig up remains of extinct animals for trade worth an
estimated £40m a year

Activists and officials in northern Russia have warned of a
“gold rush” for mammoth ivory as prospectors dig up tusks and
other woolly mammoth remains that can net a small fortune on the
rapacious Chinese market.

Melting permafrost from global heating has made it easier for
locals to retrieve the remains of woolly mammoths, which have been
extinct for thousands of years, and sell them on to China, where
the ivory is fashioned into jewellery, trinkets, knives, and other
decorations.

Source: FS – All-News2-Economy
Permafrost thaw sparks fear of mammoth ivory 'gold rush' in Russia