Defrosting Ancient Terrors: The Alarming Risks of Thawing Arctic Permafrost

Permafrost is ground that remains frozen when it is at 0 degrees Celsius or below it for two consecutive years. It is also a reservoir for viruses that are ancient and pose a significant threat. Materials like mammoth wool, Siberian mummies, prehistoric wolves, and even the lungs of an Influenza victim buried in Alaska‚Äôs permafrost have been discovered. These materials contain viral particles that are extremely risky. The risk of infectious ancient viral particles has been underestimated by scientists and will continue to rise due to global warming. The rise in temperatures also contributes to permafrost thawing, which will result … Continue reading Defrosting Ancient Terrors: The Alarming Risks of Thawing Arctic Permafrost