The Story of COVID-19 Will Be Told By Glaciers For Centuries to Come

The Story of COVID-19 Will Be Told By Glaciers For Centuries to Come
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Ice records events such as disease, drought, volcanic eruptions, and past global events. photo credit: carbon briefThe COVID-19 global pandemic is dramatically affecting the world at large, leaving behind a trail of evidence that will be trackable in years, even centuries, to come. Scientists from Ohio State University say that the Earth’s crust will reveal proof of COVID-19 likely for the rest of Earth’s timeline. With such drastic changes in human behavior, ultimately resulting in environmental impacts, there is no doubt that in years to come, samples from glacier ice will reflect this virus.

The key to analyzing ice cores and the evidence they hold, according to Byrd Center geography researcher Ellen Mosley-Thompson, is to support it with human historical records. Without the context of date-specific records, there will be a disconnect. For example, ice cores from the 1300s showed evidence of significant dust, which had been caused by a major drought t.... Continue Reading at Snowbrains



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