Scientists are studying algae's athletic and living role in glacier melt

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Life exists everywhere you look. Even on glacier ice, home to inch-long worms, snow fleas, bacteria and algae. When gathered by the millions on the ice, algae cells can help make the water they need to survive. Alaska scientists recently studied this living agent of glacier melt. "If you went to a place on a glacier and scraped the algae away, about 20 percent of the melting would go...
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