Glaciochemistry and Pigment Producing Ability of Bacteria from the Roof of the World, the Glaciers of Karakoram, Pakistan

Noor Hassan, Muhammad Rafiq, Abdul Haleem, Naveed Iqbal, Mohsin Khan, Aamir Ali Shah & Fariha Hasan
The Karakoram Mountain Range (KMR) is one of the largest mountain ranges in the world, with ∼37% of its area glaciated. Glaciers harbor various microbes, including bacteria exposed to various extreme conditions. To thrive under these conditions, bacteria adopt various strategies, one of the most important being the production of pigments. Here, we present the geochemistry of ice, sediment and meltwaters sampled from Ghulmet, Ghulkin and Hopar glaciers of the Karakoram Range, Pakistan. In addition,...
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