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  • Elizabeth Rall

    Pink snow, blood snow or watermelon snow, looks like and even smells faintly of watermelon. The pink coloration is due to a cold-loving algae called Chlamydomonas nivalis. This phenomenon is common during the summer in alpine and coastal polar regions worldwide.

  • Lily Amanite

    neige rose (algue Chlamydomonas nivalis)

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Watermelon snow, also called snow algae, red snow, or blood snow, is Chlamydomonas nivalis, a species of green algae containing a secondary red carotenoid pigment in addition to chlorophyll. This phenomenon is especially common during the summer months in the Sierra Nevada of California where snow has lingered from winter storms, mainly at altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet. Compressing the snow with your boot leaves a distinct footprint the color of watermelon pulp. © Michal Renee

Watermelon snow, also called snow algae, red snow, or blood snow, is Chlamydomonas nivalis, a species of green algae containing a secondary red carotenoid pigment in addition to chlorophyll. This phenomenon is especially common during the summer months in the Sierra Nevada of California where snow has lingered from winter storms, mainly at altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet. Compressing the snow with your boot leaves a distinct footprint the color of watermelon pulp.

algae turns snow pink.. it's called Watermelon snow & it's common in Colorado! Crazy lol

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awesome to think that each and every snowflake is unique. Just like God created us... each of us unique from every single other person on earth.

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Watermelon snow. Snow that has a pinkish or reddish color due to the presence of a green algae that has a secondary red pigment that thrives in freezing temperatures. Plus, as the name indicates, it has the mild scent of fresh watermelon.