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Why are the snowy mountains of New Zealand turning red?

The outgoing 2019 was extremely hot due toof which last summer terrible fires raged in our Siberia and American California. The fire in these regions left miles of scorched earth, and now the eastern coast of Australia risks becoming a desert. The fact is that recently in the territory of the state of New South Wales, 48 ​​centers of ignition were discovered and half of them still cannot be put out. As it turned out, the resulting fire leaves a mark not only on Australian soil, but also on the nearby snowy mountains of New Zealand. The thick layer of snow lying on them turned red, but how can a fire blazing thousands of kilometers leave such an unusual mark on neighboring islands?

Mountains of New Zealand acquired a reddish tint

Photos of red snow in New ZealandIslands traveler Liz Carlson shared on her blog. At the same time, beautiful and saddening shots were taken during her helicopter flight over Mount Aspiring National Park, located on the southern island of New Zealand. This park is named after one of the highest mountains in this area of ​​Aspiring and extends for as many as 3,555 square kilometers.

Pictures taken over Mount Aspiring National Park

The effects of fires in Australia

The traveler could not explain the reason.unusual snow color, but one of the employees of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) shared his assumptions. According to Chris Brandolino, the unusual color of the New Zealand mountains is almost certainly associated with the raging nearby Australian fires. Perhaps soot or particles of burnt trees that had flown down with the wind fell on the once white snow.

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It may also well be that it's just dust withAustralian soil that reached neighboring islands thanks to strong gusts of wind. The fact is that the land of Australia for the most part has a reddish tint, because the top layer is rich in iron oxides. But at the moment, strong winds are really raging in the kangaroo’s homeland, which are spreading fire caused by high air temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius.

Australian dust may be the cause of the redness of mountain snow

Photos taken by traveler LizCarlson, clearly show how strongly interconnected ecosystems of our planet. Just think - the pollution caused by forest fires could cross the Tasman Sea that separates Australia and New Zealand and lie on the surface of snow-white mountains. However, the same thing happened last summer in Russia, because some of you probably noticed smog in your city caused by fires in Siberia.

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According to researchers, fires in Australia do notdirectly related to climate change on our planet. Nevertheless, the gradual increase in the temperature of our planet this year has attracted the attention of millions of people. The phrase “extreme climate” was even chosen by the word of the year according to the Oxford Dictionary. The authors have interpreted this expression as weather conditions in which immediate action is required to prevent climate change.