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Thursday, May 25, 2017

In the Arctic

I can't imagine you didn't hear the recent news about the seed storage facility in the Arctic that was flooded by melting permafrost. The seeds, fortunately, were not lost, if they had been then perhaps our future existence on Earth may be jeopardized! If you missed the story, click here.

Permafrost has preserved and protected biological materials, and, it has resulted in scientific discoveries in addition to problems. (Several problems are outlined here.) There are mammoth remains being discovered, which you can read about it in Woolly Mammoth: Life, Death, and Rediscovery by Windsor Chorlton [J 569 CHO]. And, there's the fascinating story of the discovery of the cause of the Great Flu of 1918 that Gina Bari Kolata wrote about in Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It [614.518 KOL].

With continuing climate changes, we're probably in store for more news from the Arctic. We can only hope that the news is good.

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