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You can’t see it but, this very moment, millions of viruses are falling on the ground around you. Some might originate from thousands of miles away, riding air currents and piggy-backing dust particles, a new study found.
Among the samples of microbes attached to airborne dust and water vapor, the researchers found a copious amount of viruses and bacteria. Viruses far outnumbered the bacteria, however, by as much as 461 to one.
“Every day, more than 800 million viruses are deposited per square meter (11 square feet) above the planetary boundary layer,” explained University of British Columbia virologist Curtis Suttle, a senior author of the research published in the International Society for Microbial Ecology Journal.
originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
Spores, bacteria, virus, etc all float in the air you breathe them in in every breath. How you think algae grows in standing water no matter what no matter where?
In other fun news the average adult body contains 10-12 pounds of bacteria (which you'd pretty much die without).
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
a reply to: 727Sky
Some thoughts on this:
- as i understand it, ancient amerinds represent some of the oldest genetic haplogroups on earth, and were highly susceptible to old world disease. Im surprised that the upper atmosphere comingling (especially given the massive clouds of saharan sand blown across the atlantic, carrying various bovine excrement particles) didn't either harden the lineage, or wipe it out sooner. I wonder if Amerinds, hidden in their destroyed histories, didn't struggle with periodic plagues arising from airborne microbes arriving from the old world?
- it would explain how the 1912 flu epidemic started cropping up in far flung areas prior to wide spread air travel