Marine bacteria carried out of the water by storms contribute to cloud formation

An interesting phenomenon was analyzed by a scientist at the State University of Colorado in Fort Collins.

The researcher has studied that the algae bacteria present in the Arctic ocean are projected into the atmosphere due to sea currents and storms. Once in the atmosphere, these bacteria enter the process of cloud formation.

The study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, confirms that bacteria, specifically those that live in the sea, can also contribute to cloud formation, as well as non-biological particles that make up the so-called aerosol.

The researchers analyzed various water samples taken from the Bering Strait and analyzed them finding bacteria that usually live near the bottom of the sea. According to the researchers, the same ocean currents and atmospheric turbulences contribute to the dispersion of these bacteria in the atmosphere.

Specifically, they found bacteria from a phytoplankton bloom in the Bering Strait both at the flowering point and 150 miles away to the northwest. It was therefore clear that it was a storm that carried the bacteria from the depths of the ocean up to almost 2 km high to hundreds of kilometers away in water droplets.

“These special types of aerosols can actually ‘seed’ clouds, a bit like a seed makes a plant grow. Some of these seeds are really effective in forming ice crystals of clouds,” says Jessie Creamean, the atmospheric scientist who made the discovery and who is the municipal author of the study.

Among other things, the clouds that form on the Arctic affect the meteorological conditions of the entire northern part of the planet and therefore it can be said that these bacteria, splashed out of the water In a fortuitous way due to storms, potentially influence the climate of Worldwide.

Gary Nelson

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