Scandinavian Mountains over 2000m - Flora & Fauna

Scandinavian Mountains over 2000 metres - James Baxter

Flora & FaunaAlgae, Lichen & Moss › Red Snow Algae

Chlamydomonas nivalis, Red Snow Algae, Rødsnø algae.

Red Snow Algae
This common summer occurence is caused by a blooming algae.

The unicellular organism contains chlorophyll to manufacture fuel, but also contains a red pigment which colours them and the snow.

In the winter these single celled algae sleep under the snow. In spring they swim up towards the suface in the melting drips to reproduce and synthesize fuel again.