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The Artful Amoeba

Wonderful Things: Don’t Eat the Pink Snow


If you stumbled one midsummer on the melting snow in the image below, what would you imagine produced the strange color? Here’s another example with a pinker hue, from further out. Here’s a poorer example that I stumbled on myself on July 4, 2011 on Long’s Peak in Colorado: When an 1818 British expedition led [...]

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The Artful Amoeba

What Does a Marmot Sound Like?


What happens when squirrels invade the tundra? Well, in one case, they got chubby, fluffy, flappy-tailed, and occasionally kinda cranky, sorta like a hydrophobic alpine beaver. Here in the Rockies, they’re called yellow-bellied marmots. Until recently, I’d rarely seen one and had never heard one call. They seemed to maintain a strict code of silence [...]

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