Is There A Time Bomb Under The Frozen Arctic Ocean That Could Wipe Out Humanity?

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in Science and Technology On 6th February 2018
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There's something lurking deep under the frozen Arctic Ocean, and if it gets released, it could spell disaster for our planet.

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Scientists have been warning us about the potential catastrophe of melting Arctic ice for decades.

Now scientists have discovered a new threat underneath the ice, an inconspicuous ticking-time-bomb — thawing 'permafrost'.

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According to Dr. Thomas Douglas, a geochemist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

the Arctic permafrost is packed with prehistoric grass, woolly mammoths, and woolly rhinoceroses.

Permafrost, the Arctic’s frozen soil, acts as a massive ice trap that keeps carbon stuck in the ground and out of the atmosphere

Where, if released as carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas would drive global warming.

It's warming up, causing large sections of the Arctic Tundra to diminish in size over the decades.

But the effects of this great melt might not be catastrophic or grandiose, but a highly inconspicuous one — one that has been labeled as a biological ticking time-bomb!

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He explains that this life is made up of carbon. The permafrost carries twice the amount carbon that is found on earth.

It could produce an extinction of species on a wide scale, an extinction that could even include the human race.

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