Snow algae in Tateyama, Japan

Snow algae are common on the snow surface in Japan. They usually appear in spring to summer on snow bank located in high mountains. Mt. Tateyama is one of the good place to see snow algae. Red snow phonemenon can be seen in May to June.

See field pictures.

Chloromonas sp. (Green alga)

Chrorococcacean (Cyanobacteria)

Red snow

Greenish snow

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