By analyzing the DNA and proteins of microbial communities in Alaskan permafrost (permanently frozen soil), scientists can gain new insights into the biological mechanisms controlling some of the world’s greatest reservoirs of terrestrial carbon.
Credit or Source: Biological and Environmental Research Information System, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Photograph from the DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility image library (http://www.flickr.com/photos/armgov/).
US DOE. Genomics Placemat: Genomics for Energy and Environmental Science, US Department of Energy Office of Science. (p. 1) (website)