Blood Falls, Antarctica
December 21, 2012 in Weird News
In Victoria Land (a region directly south of New Zealand),
is a murderous scene of what looks like blood stains the white face of the 35-mile-long Taylor Glacier.
Blood Falls, as this macabre vision is called, is not a frozen cascade of hemoglobin.
The scarlet tint derives from a community of sulfur-eating bacteria that dwell deep beneath the glacier in underground lakes—their crimson iron-oxide excretions that dye the ice scarlet red.
But death does lurk in the vicinity: so arid are the McMurdo Dry Valleys that when lost seals and penguins wander irreversibly inland, they never decompose.
Their mummified remains are strewn about, completing the ghoulish picture.