(ORDO NEWS) — Every square centimeter of the Antarctic ice contains not only a thousand-year history and the beauty of the cold, but also a mortal danger for humanity.
This will become one of the reasons for the death of all living things on the planet.
Chemist Crispin Halsall works at the University of Lancaster (Great Britain). She is convinced that the planet will repay people for such rude treatment of its resources.
All these years, the Antarctic accumulated harmful chemical compounds in its snow and ice, which entered the water and atmosphere.
Global warming caused their melting. Therefore, how quickly chemicals will seep into the water and air again is a matter of time, the scientist believes.
Crispin Halsall is also concerned about the problem of perpetual chemicals.
These are chemical compounds that are part of many consumer goods. If a large concentration of them is released at one time, the planet will be heavily poisoned.
Previously, some researchers assumed that under prolonged exposure to frost, dangerous compounds will disintegrate and the danger will pass.
However, recent studies have shown different results. It turns out that they, like a ticking time bomb, are preserved there.
Ultraviolet has accelerated the decay of some chemicals, but time is not in humanity’s favor. This is due to the fact that there is no night at the poles in certain periods.
And, as you know, it is ultraviolet light that actively affects the splitting of dangerous molecules. Therefore, when the White Nights arrive, the decay reactions continue 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Glaciers are melting much faster than dangerous gases and poisons are neutralized. This was told by Amanda Grannas (chemist from Villanova University, USA).
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