Scientists are rushing to sites, to sample the microbial biodiversity. Pathogens and microbes are being analyzed for the first time. Along with sea level rising, we can expect more Carbon emissions from glacial melts.
No one knows whether pathogens are being released into the atmosphere or whether they’ll be harmful as they circle our World?
The scientists said the rapid melting of the ice by the climate crisis meant the glaciers and the unique microbial ecosystems they harboured were “dying before our eyes”, leaving researchers racing to understand them before they disappeared.
The scientists collected surface meltwaters from eight glaciers across Europe and North America and from two sites on the Greenland ice cap. They found tens of thousands of microbes in each millilitre of water.