The zombie diseases of permafrost


When ice-rich permafrost thaws, former tundra and forest turns into a thermokarst lake as the ground subsides. The carbon stored in the formerly frozen ground is consumed by the microbial community, who release methane gas. When lake ice forms in the winter, methane gas bubbles are trapped in the ice. Location: Alaska. Captions and Photo source: ©© Miriam Jones / USGS

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What lurks in the Arctic’s thawing permafrost?

Climate change, in other words, could awaken Earth’s forgotten pathogens. It is one of the most bizarre symptoms of global warming. And it has already begun to happen…

Read Full Article, The Atlantic (11-06-2017)

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