The White Snow Is Turning Into Green In Antarctica And Global Warming Will Make It Worse

The increasing deforestation and pollution has affected the climate of the world in an adverse manner and as a result, global warming is being experienced in all parts of the planet earth. While we crib about the fact that the temperature in our city is increasing day by day, we are not even aware of what this global warming is doing to Antarctica.

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People who are living in the cities are experiencing health problems due to global warming and sometimes they also deal with natural calamities which may not have taken place if humans would have conserved the greenery of the Earth.

1 Antarctica

Antarctica, the continent lies in the southernmost location of earth which is South Pole and the whole area over there is covered with snow. The human inhabitance is virtually nil but it is home to some animals such as some birds and fishes, for example, penguins, seals, few breeds of whales.

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Penguins in Antarctica

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2Effect of climate change in Antarctica

As we know the whole region is covered with snow but due to climate change there is an increase in the temperature of the region because of which the snow is turning into green. Sounds unbelievable but it is true as snow is turning green because of algae.

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Ice turning green in Antarctica

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3The microscopic algae

It has been published in a journal titled Nature Communications that though green algae is microscopic in nature but when it grows in good quantity at one location, it can turn the snow green and it will be visible from the space as well.

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What makes it more worrisome is that if the temperature keeps on increasing than the green algae will spread further as warm climate and wet snow is what they need to grow and survive.

The microscopic algae

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4The scientists collected the data

For the first time, the scientists were able to collect the data for two summers between 2017 and 2019 with the help of satellite in order to find out the spread of the algae in the Antarctic Peninsula and make a map of the region in which algae has made it presence felt.

The scientists collected the data

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