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Freak 'weather phenomenon' turns snow orange at popular ski resorts
Is this proof of life on Mars? (Picture: Instagram/margarita_alshina)

Are these pictures finally proof that after all this time there is actually life on Mars?

Perhaps not – but these images reveal a rather strange event has occurred a little closer to home.

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A freak weather incident has turned the snow at cities in Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Romania orange – and people have been left scratching their heads as to why.

Snow-covered mountains and ice-capped pinnacles have been turned into sand dunes after becoming blanketed by the dirty orange snow.

While ski resorts – including at one in Sochi where the Winter Olympics were held in 2014 – have also been covered by the strange snow.

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A freak weather phenomenon has turned the snow orange (Picture: Instagram/margarita_alshina)

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And no one knows why everything’s been covered in this bizarre snow (Picture: Instagram/margarita_alshina)

The bizarre weather phenomenon has been blamed on a mix of sand and pollen although a range of theories have been put forward.

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Experts from the Sochi Centre of Hydrometerology and Monitoring of the Black and Azov Sea have been sent to the resort in Sochi to get to the bottom of what’s happened.

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A spokesman told the Daily Express it was probably caused by winds carrying sand from the Saharah which then fell as rain.

Skiiers took to Instagram and Twitter where they expressed their surprise at the ‘Martian landscape’.

One person wrote: ‘Snowy slopes were transformed into barkhan dunes.’

A similar phenomenon happened in 2007 when orange snow fell over 1,5000 square kilometeres in Siberia.

Although experts were unable to identify why, the snow reportedly contained four times the normal level of iron.

METROGRAB - TAKEN WITHOUT PERMISSION Photographer has been messaged on facebook, awaiting response Credit: instagram/margarita_alshina Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BgqicSyFcPy/?taken-by=margarita_alshina
But skiiers weren’t put off by the odd sight (Picture: Instagram/margarita_alshina)

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