Articles | Volume 16, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 16, 1265–1280, 2022
The Cryosphere, 16, 1265–1280, 2022
Research article
11 Apr 2022
Research article | 11 Apr 2022

Temporal variation of bacterial community and nutrients in Tibetan glacier snowpack

Yuying Chen et al.

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We investigated the bacterial communities in surface and subsurface snow samples in a Tibetan Plateau glacier using 16S rRNA gene sequences. Our results revealed rapid temporal changes in nitrogen (including nitrate and ammonium) and bacterial communities in both surface and subsurface snow. These findings advance our understanding of bacterial community variations and bacterial interactions after snow deposition and provide a possible biological explanation for nitrogen dynamics in snow.