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Mystery surrounds blue snow in St Petersburg


Posted on Thursday, 28 December, 2017 | Comment icon 9 comments

The snow looked most unnatural. Image Credit: YouTube / Fontanka Ru
Authorities in Russia have been attempting to determine what has been giving the snow its peculiar color.
Residents of St Petersburg were left perplexed this week after waking up to find that the snow in their gardens was far from the pristine white typically associated with the festive season.

The disconcerting blue tinge was reported across the city, prompting an investigation by local authorities who have since taken samples of the snow to send away for laboratory testing.

The matter has generated concern among locals due to the possibility of toxic contamination.

"We cannot guess what has happened and why snow is blue without laboratory results," said Gulnara Gudulova of Rosprirodnadzor (The Federal Service for Supervision of Use of Natural Resources).

"We have sent the snow to laboratories to check it for toxicity and metals."


Source: ABC News | Comments (9)

Tags: Russia, Snow

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by khol on 28 December, 2017, 12:41
ok i had to do it..at least its a good song !   
Comment icon #2 Posted by Alaric on 28 December, 2017, 23:49
Cyanobacteria “The blue is most certainly pigment from cyanobacterial cells that have been broken apart by freezing.  Most cyanobacteria contain two intensely blue pigments, phycocyanin and allophycocyanin.  Sometimes they contain a third pink pigment called phycoerythrin.“ http://lakeice.squarespace.com/2014-blog/2013/12/7/blue-ice.html
Comment icon #3 Posted by fred_mc on 29 December, 2017, 9:11
Lucky that we have science. A few hundred years ago, people would probably have thought "Wow, blue snow, it must be magic, maybe if I eat it I will get God-like powers.", and then they would get ill by eating cyanobacteria.
Comment icon #4 Posted by LV-426 on 29 December, 2017, 9:27
Better than yellow snow I guess...
Comment icon #5 Posted by MissJatti on 29 December, 2017, 10:16
Looks like washing powder with snow
Comment icon #6 Posted by Aardvark-DK on 9 January, 2018, 7:19
We have Yellow snow here too, must be some world wide thing...I will not eat yellow snow !
Comment icon #7 Posted by rodentraiser on 14 January, 2018, 3:46
Aaaand...somewhere up there Walter White is smiling.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Michelle on 14 January, 2018, 3:59
Blue icicles...  The W Road winds up Signal Mountain, and people who travel it often know the twists and turns of its hairpin curves. Something they are not used to, however, is the sight of bright blue icicles. cont... http://newschannel9.com/news/local/blue-icicles-on-w-road-catch-peoples-attention https://www.google.com/search?q=blue+icicles+on+signal+mountain+tn&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjYqMG0x9bYAhUhmuAKHYRXBGAQsAQIMQ&biw=1093&bih=530
Comment icon #9 Posted by Dark Howl on 21 January, 2018, 3:23
Blue is fashionable at the moment.


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