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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-08-2011, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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I've been enjoying snow shoeing around have noticed many places where the snow has been melting there is patches of red snow. Where is this red coming from?

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I've heard that it's algae. I'm sure it's got a real name, but I first heard the name seals blood so that's what I go with. Don't melt it for water, but if you grab a handful it often smells like watermelon (unless you try to show someone else, then it never does and they <s>think</s> know you're crazy)
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It's actually called "watermelon snow", living algae
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Chamydomonas nivalis to be precise. Lots of great articles will show up on google for a search of Watermelon Snow. It's best to not eat it.
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Thanks so much, I've been wanting to ask for years but by the time I get home I always forget.
Another question:
On power lines, especially those that stretch long valleys there are often big balls attached to the line. My wife says they are to show airplanes where the lines are. I ogetn see these things in places where an airplane just wouldn't be.
What's up with these things.
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Thanks so much, I've been wanting to ask for years but by the time I get home I always forget.
Another question:
On power lines, especially those that stretch long valleys there are often big balls attached to the line. My wife says they are to show airplanes where the lines are. I ogetn see these things in places where an airplane just wouldn't be.
What's up with these things.
You'd more likely see helicopters than airplanes flying low along those valleys.

But there's frequent news reports of airplanes stunting too close to the ground hitting power lines.
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