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New AlpAlga Project Underway to Look into ‘Glacier Blood’ on French Alps

Sudden and mysterious appearances of reddish tinge on the otherwise snow-white mountains across the Alps have baffled scientists for quite a long.

A recent study on this abnormal mountain trait is shedding substantial light on the unusual occurrence.

A group of scientists published a report in Frontiers in Plant Science journal, published by Frontiers Media.

The team of researchers has hinted high prevalence of a particular species of microalgae. Evidence suggests these unusual algae have been traced across five different locations i the Alps, between the heights of 4000 and 9600 feet.

However, scientists are still unsure about the source and environmental conditions that favor such reddish-tinged algae growth.

This unusual reddish tinge on the French Alps has earned the name of ‘glacier blood’ as the appearance resembles stains of blood stretched across the Alps.

Several notions supporting unwarranted massacres in the mountains have emerged, which were short-lived and denounced actively.

Scientists are now closer to a more concrete, evidence-based explanation, suggesting algae growth in the region. These algae are assumed to be snow-bound, as they occur naturally in these snow-capped mountains.

Several research teams are now intrigued to discover more about these unusual life forms in extreme weather and environmental conditions.

The latest initiative undertaken by researchers is the AlpAlga Project.

The study is directed to study and understand the environmental conditions supporting microalgae growth at such adverse environmental conditions.

Microalgae are commonly occurring organisms that are found abundantly across water bodies such as seas, rivers, and oceans.

Some varieties are also abundantly found in the snow-capped mountains, which actively respond to certain climatic stimuli, environmental conditions, and pollutants.

These findings are in resonance with the statements of Eric Marécha, one of the coordinating scientists at AlpAlga Project. He is also a key member of the Laboratory of Cellular and Plant Physiology, France.

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