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Rain Making Bacteria?

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Researches from LSU, Montana, and France have found evidence that meteorologists are still WAY off.

Christner’s team examined precipitation from global locations and demonstrated that the most active ice nuclei — a substrate that enhances the formation of ice — are biological in origin. This is important because the formation of ice in clouds is required for snow and most rainfall. Dust and soot particles can serve as ice nuclei, but biological ice nuclei are capable of catalyzing freezing at much warmer temperatures. If present in clouds, biological ice nuclei may affect the processes that trigger precipitation.

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Written by Hoaf

February 29, 2008 at 8:01 am

Posted in Science

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