Bad News for Environment Pink ‘Watermelon’ Snow Spotted, Italian Alps

According to Italian scientists, the strange phenomenon is likely a result of Chlamydomonas Nivalis algae growth,

Bad News for Environment Pink 'Watermelon' Snow Spotted, Italian Alps

Which is not dangerous by itself but may accelerate ice melting, as it makes snow darker.

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Big masses of snow have turned pink in the Italian Alps, creating a “watermelon” colour in parts of the Presena Glacier, located in the Italian mountain region of Trentino-Alto Adige.

Numerous photos from the area show a light-pink shade of snow, visible even on satellite photos.

While this phenomenon is well-documented, as the algae appeas regularly, but this year the extent of the bloom is yet to be evaluated.

This news was originally published at sputniknews.com

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