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Viruses—Several of Them—Are Falling from the Sky by the Billions! (Video)

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by N.Morgan

Viruses and bacteria fall back to Earth via dust storms and precipitation. Saharan dust intrusions from North Africa and rains from the Atlantic. Credit: NASA Visible Earth

An astounding number of viruses are circulating around the Earth’s atmosphere – and falling from it – according to new research from scientists in Canada, Spain, and the U.S.

The study marks the first time scientists have quantified the viruses being swept up from the Earth’s surface into the free troposphere, beyond Earth’s weather systems but below the stratosphere where jet airplanes fly. The viruses can be carried thousands of kilometers there before being deposited back onto the Earth’s surface.

“Every day, more than 800 million viruses are deposited per square meter above the planetary boundary layer—that’s 25 viruses for each person in Canada,” said University of British Columbia virologist Curtis Suttle, one of the senior authors of a paper in the International Society for Microbial Ecology Journal that outlines the findings.

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“Roughly 20 years ago we began finding genetically similar viruses occurring in very different environments around the globe,” says Suttle. “This preponderance of long-residence viruses traveling the atmosphere likely explains why—it’s quite conceivable to have a  swept up into the atmosphere on one continent and deposited on another.”

Bacteria and viruses are swept up in the atmosphere in small particles from soil-dust and .

New research may explain why genetically identical viruses are often found in very different environments around the globe. Credit: Curtis Suttle, University of British Columbia

Suttle and colleagues at the University of Granada and San Diego State University wanted to know how much of that material is carried up above the atmospheric boundary layer above 2,500 to 3,000 meters. At that altitude, particles are subject to long-range transport unlike particles lower in the atmosphere.

Using platform sites high in Spain’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, the researchers found billions of viruses and tens of millions of bacteria are being deposited per square meter per day. The deposition rates for viruses were nine to 461 times greater than the rates for bacteria.

“Bacteria and viruses are typically deposited back to Earth via rain events and Saharan dust intrusions. However, the rain was less efficient removing viruses from the atmosphere,” said author and microbial ecologist Isabel Reche from the University of Granada.

The researchers also found the majority of the viruses carried signatures indicating they had been swept up into the air from sea spray. The viruses tend to hitch rides on smaller, lighter, organic particles suspended in air and gas, meaning they can stay aloft in the  longer.

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Isabel Reche et al. Deposition rates of viruses and bacteria above the atmospheric boundary layer, The ISME Journal(2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41396-017-0042-4

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  • raburgeson

    Not worried about the natural ones, worried about the designer ones in the chemtrails.

    • Central Scrutinizer

      You can tell the designer ones right away, by their profile under the microscope.
      They all have a huge butt, being Kardashian viruses and all!!!! :mrgreen:

  • Slimey

    Hello Angle# 3,

    Charlie here. I thought they said viruses and bacteria are killed by sunlight and exposure to air?? And the desert would be a perfect example of being sanitary.

    So some scientist is misinformed or lying to US. Remember when they said oil came from rotting dinosaurs and vegetation?? That is now considered laffable. The earth creates oil by a process not really understood. So they lied to us for decades about “peak oil” crap to either raise the prices or save the planet bull sheet. But libs continue to use oil like there is no tomorrow, er 12 years. :lol: :lol:

    Are they prepping us up for something else? Like MANDATORY vaccination?


    Charlie (no dice or as we say at the factory – no doughnnuts) :lol: :lol:

    • Man

      wow really? You thought all bacteria and Viruses die from sunlight?

      Is this just you trying show off your home school learning?




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