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What Else You Got, 2020? Pink 'Watermelon' Snow Spotted in Italian Alps

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According to Italian scientists, the strange phenomenon is likely a result of Chlamydomonas Nivalis algae growth, which is not dangerous by itself but may accelerate ice melting, as it makes snow darker.

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.

​​"The alga is not dangerous, it is a natural phenomenon that occurs during the spring and summer periods in the middle latitudes but also at the Poles", Biagio Di Mauro of the Institute of Polar Sciences (ISP) at Italy's National Research Council.

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

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