(ORDO NEWS) — According to the National Antarctic Science Center, in Antarctica, the snow changed color from white to crimson and even green. As it turned out, the changes are fraught with danger.
The color change is associated with microscopic algae that actively reproduce. Chlorophyll pigment is responsible for greening, and redness is the cells of some algae, which make up the carotene layer. This layer prevents the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation.
According to experts, the color of the snow affects climate change. Sunlight starts to reflect less and, as a result, melts faster. The growth of algae with increasing temperature only accelerates.
British scientists from the University of Cambridge are planning to study the phenomenon more thoroughly. They also want to find out how large the snow melt is in Antarctica.
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