Story: Alpine plants

Red snow

Red snow

Reddish-pink patches in high-altitude snowfields like this one in upper Canyon Creek, Canterbury, are caused by blooms of single-celled algae, often Chlainomonas species. Although these species are green algae (Chlorophyta), they appear red or pink as they contain red pigments.

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Hugh Wilson, 'Alpine plants - Highest of all', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11042/red-snow (accessed 21 July 2019)

Story by Hugh Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007