Greenland Ice Sheet Likely Contains High Levels Of Anthropogenic Pollutants

Greenland Ice Sheet Likely Contains High Levels Of Anthropogenic Pollutants

PCBs and PAHs have become so wide-spread they are now infecting environments essentially free of mass industrialization. Greenland’s ice sheet could cause a runoff of toxic man-made chemicals to spread throughout the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

“’Globally emitted contaminants accumulate in the Arctic and are stored in the frozen environments of the cryosphere, essentially meaning they have become reservoirs of toxic chemicals…

…the microbial potential to degrade anthropogenic contaminants, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and the heavy metals mercury and lead, was found to be widespread, and not limited to regions close to human activities.'”….Read More

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