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Microbial life in storm clouds may influence weather

Thursday, January 24, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Hailstones Show Microbial Life in Storm Clouds

Storm clouds in the earth's atmosphere are filled with diverse microbial life and organic chemicals, according to a study published January 23 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Tina Ĺ antl Temkiv and colleagues from Aarhus University, Denmark. Discovery of bacteria that typically live on plants, presumably swept into storm clouds by updrafts from earth, suggests the atmosphere is a threat that can connect distant eco systems. Researchers analyzed hailstones recovered in Slovenia from a May 2009 storm.

Some of the bacterial species found can seed ice crystals that lead to rain and snow, leading researchers to suspect the bacteruia could influence weather patterns. The research is described in ScienceDaily and in a LiveScience story by Tia Ghose.

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