When I was young, I could always hear that the temperature of south pole is becoming higher and higher. The one I heard the most is that there will be dozens of countries will disappear because of the temperature increasing. If the temperature increases a lot in south pole and north pole, the sea level will increase as an amazing speed and finally dozens of counties and cities will drown in the ocean.
Recently, after the COVID-19 appeared, I have been hearing a phenomenon which give me a new understanding of the destruction of nature. It is “watermelon snow”. The reason why people called this snow is because the color of this snow is red, it seems like the blood on the snow. I found an article titled “This blood red snow is taking over parts of Antarctica”. In this article, it told me the watermelon snow is caused because of the earlier in March, Antarctica experienced record high temperatures, causing the southernmost continent’s ice caps to melt at an unprecedented rate. Here is a picture on Facebook which took by the scientists on Feb 24th.
Even though it looks like the blood cover the snow, but it is not actually blood. The red is a kind of algae called Chlamydomonas nivalis and because of the high temperature, the algae have enough condition to intermediate propagation. Slow bloom will keep influence the environment too. Here a sentence said by the ministry. “Because of the red-crimson color, the snow reflects less sunlight and melts faster. As a consequence, it produces more and more bright algae.”
Because of normal people will never gone to south pole in their life, so we can’t prove that the watermelon snow is as serious as they said. But that can’t stop us to protect the environment. Whatever this is a real news or fake news, people need to realize the environmental problem after COVID-19 virus because there are too much environmental changes happened together with COVID-19. Hopefully the watermelon snow could get controlled in the future and the sea level could stop increasing.