Not to worry about global warming. “I got mine, so I’m going to let future generations worry about it.”

According to Live Science, scientists have been studying secrets in the ice for more than a hundred years and have uncovered live bacteria and viruses that could be released into the environment as the ice melts.

Long frozen carcasses contain bacteria and viruses, many of which are long dead like the host, while some have survived in the permafrost. We have all heard about the wooly mammoth discovered by Russian scientists in 1999, with greens still in his mouth, as if he was frozen instantly.

The 1918 Spanish flu virus that killed between 20 million and 40 million people was found intact in the ice in Alaska. Scientists believe it is likely smallpox also is buried in the ice. Secrets hidden for millions of years under the now melting glaciers are being released with the potential of causing illness across the globe. As new surprises emerge from the melting ice, humans will be more and more exposed to bacteria and viruses not seen for thousands of years, including those that caused global epidemics.

Larry Brooks, Kokomo

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