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Happy Saint Paddy’s Day?! Algae turns Antarctic ice green


Lieser, JL, Happy Saint Paddy's Day?! Algae turns Antarctic ice green, Sputnik International,, 15 March (2017) [Media Interview]

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Luck of the Irish? NASA’s Operational Land Imager (OLI) has released photos of a huge patch of Antarctic ice that has turned a spectral shade of green. The colorful ice is located at Granite Harbor in southern Antarctica, and spans a 16-mile (26 km) stretch. The pale green hue comes from wisps of algae trapped under a layer of slushy sea ice. Marine glaciologist Jan Lieser with Australia's Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Center explained that the "green color is caused by phytoplankton at the water's surface that have discolored the sea ice."

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Item Type:Media Interview
Keywords:Antarctic, sea ice, phytoplankton
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research Field:Physical geography and environmental geoscience not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:Lieser, JL (Dr Jan Lieser)
ID Code:115321
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2017-03-16
Last Modified:2017-03-16

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