The Hill discusses how climate change is turning the snow in Antarctica green; green with algae, that is.
- Climate change is rapidly melting snow in parts of Antarctica.
- Researchers have discovered that algae is blooming on the surface of snow melt.
- The microscopic organisms are a sign of a changing ecosystem.
t is well-documented that climate change is rapidly melting ice sheets. But what is left in their place?
New research using remote sensing shows that green snow algae is blooming on the surface of melting ice in parts of Antarctica.
In some areas, the single-cell life-forms are so dense they turn the snow bright green and can be seen from space, according to the study, published on Wednesday in the journal Nature Communications.