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New plants as arctic ice melts?

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  1. kobold

    kobold Banned

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    New plants as arctic ice melts?

    I was watching the news last night, which spoke on the dimishing arctic ice.

    This got me thinking that maybe we will see plants grow that have lain dormant for thousands of years that don't grow anywhere else.

    What do you guys think?
     
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    cool and maybe one will be the cure for cancer or more importantly impotence
     
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    If there are some seeds that will last a couple of thousand years yes, why not.

    It is the alien monsters frozen in the ice that worry me.
     
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    Where are you talking about? Places that become new beaches because the water level has risen?
     
  5. kobold

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    I'm referring to places in the northern part of Canada, Russia, etc. that are frozen, covered in ice (permafrost?).

    Rising water levels may affect them, I suppose.



     
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    They'd better be waterplants, then...
     
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    Most of what has been frozen in those areas for centuries is peat moss/half-decayed plant matter. You don't want that to defrost. As it decomposes it will release enormous amounts of carbon dioxide--further increasing the amount of global warming.

    I'm sure it is the pessimistic side of me that is talking but I find it extremely unlikely that there will be any plants from the northern regions with any wonderdrugs in them.

    As a side note: What makes people believe that there is a one-cure for cancer? Cancer has many causes, happens to nearly every human body system, and responds differently to different treatments. It is highly unlikely that there will ever be a single drug that can cure cancer in general. Perhaps different drugs for different cancers, but not one for all.
     
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    Seems unlikely. In any case they'd be microscopic.
     
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    They'd be the same plants that grow at lower latitudes now.
     
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    I hate people that talk about cancer like it's something that can be "cured". Cancer is your body screwing up, that simple. If you want to fix it, you gotta stop the screw ups. No single plant can do that. Maybe there are some natural substances that increase the efficiency of the DNA "spell checker" guys, but the only "real" cure that I can think of is nano-machines that go in and fix your DNA at the...DNA level.

    Also...the rising water levels...it's the ocean, man. Salt Water. Salt is bad for plants...yah, it could still happen, but I'm not sure any plant that thrives in salt water is one I want defrosting...
     
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    There's also different salinity levels in the ocean, and melting ice caps could change the salinity. There are brackish water plants, you know.

    As for the rest of this thread, I was taking 'artic' to mean above 80 degrees latitude (longitude??), where there isn't much but ice anyway.
     
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    You're thinking of prevention, not cure.



     

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