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Unaccounted for Arctic microbes appear to be speeding up glacier melting
Description: This research focuses on a grainy, soil-like substance found on the surface of Arctic ice known as cryoconite, which is made of dust and industrial soot glued together by photosynthetic bacteria. Working on Greenland's ice sheet, the research team showed that cryoconite darkens the surface of the ice, causing it to melt and make small water-filled holes. [Source: Microbiology Society]
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Source: Microbiology Society
Publish Date: 3/23/2016
Reading Level: Basic
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