Watermelon Ice May Look Gorgeous, But It’s Killing The Arctic

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The glaciers of the Arctic are in danger, and have been for the past decade. Global warming has been up for debate in the eyes of science nerds and stubborn politicians in recent history. It’s incredible to see how many willfully ignorant people believe that it’s not a real thing. 

Here with further proof is the concept of “Watermelon Snow.” It’s named aptly for the color of it. But it’s more dangerous than any picnic snack ever could be. This phenomenon is slowly but surely making the ice caps melt. It’s going to effect our planet on an extreme level if we don’t start doing something about it.

Humanity is pretty much doing anything it can to destroy the arctic. All of our fossil fuel burns and effects it. Ocean currents are being effected with ever warming waters as well. The rising sea is being caused by massive amounts of melting snow. It’s disrupting ecosystems and claiming the lives of animals in those regions. Arctic Amplification is to blame. This is the official name for the concept of melting snow and ice caps. The rates at which they are melting have never been faster. It’s a terrifying concept that warrants attention.

Nature Communications is a group that has studied the effects of things like this for a few decades. Across the globe species of algae and other animals are fittest in the snow. These species are in danger due to the melting of ice. Aside from the species that are constantly in danger of ceasing to exist, several specialists in global warming say that we are just simply ignoring them. Doing nothing to stop this is just as bad as encouraging it to continue.

The areas that have been the most affected include Greenland, The Antarctic and the European and Japanese Alps. Green algae there have taken on a red color because of the rising temperatures. The color of the snow reflects that. it’s a gorgeous sight on top of the snow, but it’s equally as ominous. It’s a signal for blood, carnage, and the idea that our beautiful world is slowly becoming extinct.

The red color is actually reflective. The concept of this happening is the “albedo”. The lower the “albedo” in the snow, the more heat that comes off of it, letting the algae absorb it. This sort of feedback is making the heat in the snow rise. This yields melting ice. 

The algae in question are pretty inactive in the winter time. They sit around waiting for the ice and water to thaw. They can’t blossom or grow in surroundings that are cold. The glacial melts have really helped them multiply and create that red color. It’s one thing or the other really. The ice or the algae. These things are blossoming earlier and earlier in the year, and it’s creating a pretty harsh effect on the environment.

It’s clear that these little guys are posing a threat to the arctic areas of the world. Of course, man -made climate change is the reason they can do so. 

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