permafrost

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permafrost

permanently frozen ground on which only a thin layer thaws in the summer, as in the high Arctic and Antarctic.
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However, the uncultured methanogen cluster, Zoige cluster I (ZC-I), affiliated to Methanosarcinales within Euryarchaeota, was found to be the dominant group in the alpine permafrost wetland of Tibet plateau [20].
The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau is the largest alpine permafrost area on Earth.
In this study, we have investigated the archaeal community composition in stratigraphic soils from an alpine permafrost of Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.