Glaciers do more than store water and provide spectacular scenery. They also lock massive amounts of nutrients in their icy depths – the original frozen foods, so to speak. And the nutrients they store are released in glacial melt into tidal waters, where they are gobbled up by tiny microbes, that in turn, feed the sea creatures that eventually
feed us. Now University of Alaska and US Forest Service researchers have released findings that indicate just how important the organic matter released by melting glaciers is to the marine environment.
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
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