In a nutshell, there’s been an outbreak of Anthrax, killing 1 boy, and hospitalizing a few dozen people, in Siberia. Oh yes, and reindeer: Over two thousand reindeer died from this “zombie” virus.
The outbreak is being traced back to “maybe” a reindeer that died from it 75 years ago and was then frozen in “permafrost”, only to thaw a little while back. Oh wait – or alternatively, it may be that the old cemetery where people are buried, not in the ground but basically in coffins on stands, is the actual culprit, that somehow, animals got at one of the deceased.
Global warming is, of course, the culprit, because Siberia is having a record summer in which the “permafrost” that formed 75 years back, thawed.
Now for my question.
I thought, “permafrost” means at least thousands of years old ice? Does ice that is less than a century old, count?
Also, does this mean that this ice wasn’t around 75 years back and only formed after that? In other words, there was as little ice 75 years back as there is now, having thawed back? Doesn’t that mean that 75 years back it was as warm as it is today? Was it Global Warming already then, and why was there permafrost inbetween? And if not, how did that animal get into that ice 75 years back?
And lastly, if the cemetery was in 75-year-old permafrost (was it? The article isn’t clear on this), what about before that? Did they bury their stand-up coffins in permafrost, or did the permafrost setting in stop them from using that cemetery? And if it wasn’t (in permafrost), is Global Warming still at fault if an animal simply found a decaying body in a free-standing cemetery and worried at it, collecting Anthrax en route?
Just asking, because I really don’t get it!
This is the image of the graveyard mentioned in that article.