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Scientists Explore What’s Breaking Down Permafrost Carbon

Source: Phys.org/Florida State University - February 15, 2017 in Science/Tech

Scientists Explore What’s Breaking Down Permafrost Carbon
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A Florida State University researcher is delving into the complexities of exactly how permafrost thawing in the Earth’s most northern regions is cycling back into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide and further fueling climate change.

Answer: It has a lot to do with tiny little bugs called microbes and little to do with sunlight.

Assistant Professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science Robert Spencer and a team of researchers traveled to Siberia from 2012 to 2015 to better understand how thawing permafrost affected the  cycle. They specifically investigated how the vast amounts of carbon stored in this permafrost transferred to the atmosphere as .

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