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Arctic is warmest it's been in 10,000 years
RE: Arctic is warmest it's been in 10,000 years
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I found a bit more on the Clinton Creek microbialites in the form of a non-paywalled academic paper about their genetics. Lots and lots of five- and ten-dollar words about what they're related to and so on, but there is some mention of using them for carbon-fixing.

Quote:Our data suggest that polar mats have the metabolic potential to make microbialites under the correct chemical conditions. Further work is needed to definitively ascertain specific microbe influence in terms of the speed of microbialite formation. In the future, this may provide an avenue for us to engineer microbial communities to store atmospheric carbon through biolithification, especially given the recent, anthropogenic origin of the Clinton Creek site. Biogenic carbonate deposits are the largest reservoirs of carbon on Earth and could provide a cost-efficient method of carbon sequestration for greenhouse gas emissions (Falkowski et al., 2000). Passive carbonation and carbon capture has been documented within the Clinton Creek mine tailings, leading to the proposition that microbially-mediated carbonate precipitation is a means to ameliorate carbon emissions from mining operations (Power et al., 2011a).
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RE: Arctic is warmest it's been in 10,000 years - by classicdrogn - 05-14-2019, 04:08 AM

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