Thanks for posting them!
It reminds me of the "Elbonians" from the Dilbert comic strip! (A backward people who are up to their elbows in mud.)
If that highway goes to Siberia, maybe it is supposed to be (and in the past, was) solid from Permafrost.
Alaska is seeing its Permafrost thawing, resulting in undermined (and collapsing) houses and buildings, and also the phenomenon of "drunken trees" - here's pics:
What's happening to the trees is sad, but whoever coined the term "drunken trees" should get a reward!