Pink ice really ain’t nice


Click to enlargeAcacia Johnson

These pastel polar landscapes…may look like something out of a children’s book but the story is less rosy. The colors are caused by blooms of photosynthetic microbes—the more they thrive, the faster the ice melts.

One thought on “Pink ice really ain’t nice

  1. Cassandra says:

    Pink Snow in the Italian Alps Is a Cute Sign of Environmental Catastrophe https://earther.gizmodo.com/pink-snow-in-the-italian-alps-is-a-cute-sign-of-environ-1844279404
    Mysterious Emergence of Pink Ice in The Alps Could Have Dire Consequences https://www.sciencealert.com/italy-s-alps-have-turned-pink-prompting-an-investigation-into-the-sudden-algal-bloom There is debate about where the algae come from, but Biagio Di Mauro of Italy’s National Research Council said the pink snow observed on parts of the Presena glacier is likely caused by the same plant found in Greenland.

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