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Red Snow with Red Pharlaropes, Svalbard

Red Snow with Red Pharlaropes, Svalbard

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Uploaded 22 Nov 2011 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2011
From collection: General collection
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
Red snow, also called snow algae, watermelon snow, or blood snow, is snow that is reddish or pink in color, with the slight scent of a fresh watermelon. Red snow is caused by the presence mainly of Chlamydomonas nivalis, a species of green algae containing a secondary red carotenoid pigment (astaxanthin) in addition to chlorophyll. Unlike most species of fresh-water algae, it is cryophilic (cold-loving) and thrives in freezing water. Here two similar red colored female Red Phalaropes (Phala ...
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