Blood Falls

A reader recently sent me a tip on a place I should probably add to my wishlist of places to see before I die — Blood Falls, Antarctica.

Atlas Obscura describes the falls —

This five-story, blood-red waterfall pours very slowly out of the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys. When geologists first discovered the frozen waterfall in 1911, they thought the red color came from algae, but its true nature turned out to be much more spectacular.

Iron-oxide tainted water.

And living in this water are strange microbes that have managed to survive millions of years without light, nutrients and oxygen.  The article at this link explains how that is possible.

I don’t know anyone who has traveled to Antarctica (except for folks in the blogging sphere like Ms. Bass at CorpGoth) but this really makes me want to go.

Tiny tophat tip — B.T.

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~ by siouxsielaw on July 16, 2012.

2 Responses to “Blood Falls”

  1. Wow! That’s truly amazing. Sadly, it’s off the ever-so-slightly “beaten path” around the Antarctic peninsula where I went.

  2. Very cool. You better go pretty quick. I think global warming is going to end this phenomenon.

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