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A bizarre orange and yellow snow phenomenon has been reported at the ski resorts in Russia and some other countries, with the tourists posting photos of the slopes that look like a science-fiction film.

Witnesses have reported that the ski slopes are turned into the sand dunes as the strange colored snow has been spotted by tourists in Ukraine, Bulgaria and Romania, Russia.

The snow, which looks almost on Mars in the tint (hue), can be attributed to a mix of sand and pollen, according to the scientists.

Предлагаю в горах Красной Поляны снять русскую версию таких фильмов как : “Безумный Макс” , “Сахара” с Мэттью Макконехи в главной роли, или “Книга Илая” . Как вы думаете ? Ваши варианты, друзья !?! ? ? ? Фото ? : @movi_mo #СОЧИ

A post shared by Сочи, Россия (@sochi_) on Mar 23, 2018 at 1:20 PDT

Photos and video shared online show ski slopes tinted a strange orange color. Some photos show Sochi’s Rosa Khutor ski resort, which hosted the 2014 winter Olympics. .

A user said: “Martian landscape, “Apocalypse Now”.

Марсианские пейзажи, апокалипсис на горе сегодня! Я думала, что такое бывает только вблизи Африки, на Лансароте-Тенерифе или ещё где-то там, этот ветер горячий, который несёт песок из пустыни. Но в Поляне тоже произошло что-то невероятное, хотя пустыни довольно далеко. Если честно, жёлтый песок сверху мокрого снега, – зрелище необычное, но очень грустное. Сезон, и без того короткий, с каждым днём оставляет все меньше надежд на продолжение. #розахутор #песчанаябуря #желтыйснег #бурявкраснойполяне #rosakhutor #yellowsnow #sandstorm

A post shared by Маргарита Альшина (@margarita_alshina) on Mar 23, 2018 at 4:49am PDT

Another wrote: “Snow-covered slopes were converted in barkhan dunes.”


Experts from the Sochi Centre of Hydrometeorology and Monitoring of the Black and Azov Sea were gone to test at the resort yesterday, reports the uk’s Sunday Express.

Не удивляйтесь, это не пески, это снег в Сочи.

— Valentyna Vashchenko (@ValentynaVashc2) March 23, 2018

A spokesman of the bureau said that the cause of the phenomenon is probably the winds of the sand from the Sahara, that fell like rain.

However, they also said that things should be back to normal in a few days.

The incident reminded some of the mysterious Siberian snow from 2007, a 580-square-meter area was covered with snow—in the colors orange, yellow, or red—that for the first time was blamed on industrial pollution, but more likely was that of a sandstorm in neighboring Kazakhstan.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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