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Dangerous Thaw Going on Now

Thawing ice sheets can release unexpected dangers and reveal hidden worlds, including human bodies. Due to global warming, the bodies of smallpox victims from centuries ago are becoming "unburied." Smallpox was finally eradicated in the 1970s?could this bring that dangerous virus back into our world?

The smallpox virus that was brought to America by Columbus and was one of the things that decimated the Indian tribes here. The disease also killed many people in the Arctic, and these are the bodies that are being revealed now.

In LiveScience.com, Kristin Elise Phillips quotes researcher Imre Friedmann as saying, "In permafrost we find living bacteria in 3 million-year-old permafrost. So if bacteria survive, I don?t see why viruses don?t survive."

Art credit: www.gimp-savvy.com

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