This week, the government announced dire findings from a 50-year study, citing a washout of the world’s glaciers. A Rutgers University—Camden biologist returned recently from a three-week trek to a dozen North American glaciers studying ice worms, a species that live within frozen glaciers.
Dan Shain, an associate professor of biology at Rutgers–Camden, travelled by helicopter to access remote glaciers for specimen collections in an effort to identify the geographic location at which ice worms originated. On this trip, Shain returned to Rutgers–Camden with ample specimens of the creatures that travel solely by crawling on ice, making the state of glaciers pivotal to their existence. But with predictions of a meltdown nearing, what’s in store for future voyages?
“When glaciers melt, ice worms wash off with them,” notes Shain sadly. “Some field sites have sufficient ice to last my lifetime, but thereafter is difficult to predict.”
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