Alaska is highly dependant on fossil fuels, especially oil and at the same time one of the frontiers of climate change. The state has warmed more than twice as fast as the rest of the USA.
Drunken, or “collapsed” trees, are one of the visible signs of change in the Alaskan landscape. Ground that collapses as a result of melting permafrost is known as thermokarst. ( Thermo means heat, and karst refers to collapse. )
Those trees are a cautionary tale, reminding us that we live in an environment that is becoming more and more off balance.