Will Warming Surge as Arctic Microbes Feast on Defrosting Carbon?

Posted by Mike Confino, January 18, 2015

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Since the last ice age, plants in the Alaskan Arctic have been taking carbon out of the atmosphere and locking it away in the soil. So, for thousands of years, the soil microbes in this region of the world have subsisted on a limited carbon diet because much of the organic matter is frozen into the permafrost layer, which starts about a foot underground.

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