New Zealand glaciers have turned red due to dust particles from Australia’s forest fires, prompting experts to worry that glacier warming will accelerate.
Every summer, Australian forests will catch fire due to scorching temperatures and overly dry winds. In recent years, due to the intensification of global warming, the situation of Australian forest fires has worsened. Last month, travel photographer Liz Carlson photographed an unusual glacier scene above Mount Aspiring National Park in the South Island of New Zealand. The originally white glacier turned a strange red color, which shocked Liz. “When our helicopter went deeper into Kitchener Glacier, we saw that the glacier really turned red,” Leeds said in an interview. “I had never seen anything like this.”
Meteorologist Monica said that New Zealand’s glacier anomalies are affected by the prevailing westerly winds. Dust particles from Australian bushfires are carried to New Zealand by westerly winds and cover glaciers. Satellite cloud images also show that the smoke caused by the recent forest fires in Australia spread across the Tasman Sea and the North Island of New Zealand, and spread thousands of miles away to the South Island of New Zealand.
Carson, a resident of a small town in the South Island of New Zealand, also said that he was very distressed by this scene. “At least I know that the glaciers never need this dust. The dust will cover the surface of the glaciers, causing them to be unable to reflect the light from the sun. This It will accelerate the melting of glaciers.” Although it is not yet certain how these dust particles affect glaciers, experts have found that wildfire dust in the Amazon rainforest has affected the ability of glaciers in the Andes to reflect sunlight.