Quoted: Ross Virginia on the Carbon Cycle in Antarctica’s Desert


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“A small increase in temperature can tip the ecosystem from frozen to melting, turning patches of desert into a wetland,” says Professor Ross Virginia in a Nature World News story about how microbes in the soil are contributing to a fluctuation in carbon dioxide in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica.

Virginia is the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science and director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

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