Ancient bacteria emerge from melting ice sheets

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Dr. Julie Palais (left), NSF-OPP Glaciology Program Manager, and Anais Orsi (right) inside a back-lit snow pit at WAIS Divide

Because of global warming, ice sheets in Antarctica are melting and ancient creatures, which have been trapped there for hundreds of thousands of years, are being released into the world.

A well-worn premise for a sci-fi movie? No, actually – it’s happening for real…

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