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Climate change is turning the snow in Antarctica bright green. Scientists are able to see it from space.

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Green snow in Antarctica

The snow in Antarctica is turning green and scientists say climate change may be to blame.

According to a study published in the peer-reviewed Nature Communications, microscopic algae blooms across the surface of the snow is slowly turning Antarctica’s wintry, white landscape green. Although microscopic, scientists say they're able to see the "green snow" from space when the algae blooms en masse.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the British Antarctic Survey created a large-scale map of green snow algae along the Antarctic Peninsula coast using a combination of satellite data and on-the-ground observations over the course of two summers.


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