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Orange Snow Turns Parts of Russia Into a Martian Landscape!

Skiers in Russia were in for a surprise when they saw their usual white slopes turn orange.

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In what looks like a scene straight out of ‘The Martian’, Skiers in Sochi, Russia were greeted by the bizarre sight of orange-coloured snow!

This, meteorologists said, was the aftermath of a sandstorm which carried sand all the way from the Sahara Desert, which mixed with the snow.

Romanian meteorologist Mia Mirabela Stamate says that the orange snow would continue to move eastward.

Steven Keates told The Independent that the sand from Africa had been carrying by winds across to Russia, where it precipitated with the snow, adding that this phenomenon had been seen in other parts of the world too.

The slopes of Sochi aren’t the only ones that have gotten an orange-y makeover. Similar sightings have been reported in Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine, according to The Verge.

However, a Russian environmental watchdog told The Independent that the chemical pollution containing high amounts of iron, acids and nitrates could be a highly probable cause of the snow.

Skiers have taken to social media to share stunning images of the sandy snow-scape!

CNN reported that the sandstorm first visited Greece before knocking on Russia’s door. The Athens Observatory told CNN that this was one of the largest transfers of desert sand to Greece.

The photographer took the photos on 23 March at the Rosa Khutor Resort in Krasnodar Krai, near Sochi.

Sochi is famous ski resort, most notably known for hosting the alpine ski events during the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

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