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Snow turns 'blood red' around Antarctic outpost


Posted on Thursday, 27 February, 2020 | Comment icon 3 comments

Do not eat the red snow. Image Credit: Facebook / Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine
Scientists working at a Ukranian research station have revealed that the nearby snow has turned an odd color.
A series of images released by Ukraine's Ministry of Education and Science earlier this week show a bizarre landscape of red-colored snow and ice surrounding the Antarctic Vernadsky Research Base.

While the phenomenon has left many social media users scratching their heads, the strange coloration does happen to have a conventional explanation.

It turns out that the culprit is a type of microscopic snow algae that becomes more common during the (relatively) warmer weather of the Antarctic summer (between October and February).
The algae has a red carotene layer that helps to protect it from the sun's ultraviolet radiation.

"Because of the red-crimson color, the snow reflects less sunlight and melts faster," the scientsts wrote. "As a consequence, it produces more and more bright algae."

The phenomenon has come to be known as 'raspberry snow'.



Source: Independent | Comments (3)


Tags: Antarctica, Snow


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by DirtyDocMartens on 27 February, 2020, 23:14
Reminds me of the remake of The Thing.
Comment icon #2 Posted by third_eye on 27 February, 2020, 23:50
Used to be baby seals blood... back in the days...  ~  
Comment icon #3 Posted by MissJatti on 28 February, 2020, 14:25
Looks like a genocide massacre 


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