27 Jun '16, 10am

This pink snow may be pretty, but it's terrible news for the environment

, scientists from the UK and Germany scrutinized the algae and an effect called “bio-albedo.” White surfaces, like glaciers and snow, reflect sunlight, and that’s called albedo. When those glaciers and snow melt, they reveal darker surfaces beneath, like mountains or oceans, and those surfaces have a lower albedo, or absorb greater amounts of sunlight. That effect is important because red algae actually gives snow a lower albedo and makes it melt faster.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/this-pink-snow-may-be-pretty-but-its...

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