"Captain Sir John Ross has brought
Baffin's Bay a
quantity of red snow, or rather snow-water, which has been submitted to
chymical analysis in this country, in order to the discovery of the
nature of its colouring matter. Our credulity is put to an extreme test
upon this occasion, but we cannot learn that there is any reason to
doubt the fact as stated. Sir John Ross did not see any red snow fall;
but he saw large tracts overspread with it. The colour of the fields of
snow was not uniform; but, on the contrary, there were patches or
streaks more or less red, and of various depths of tint. The liquor, or
dissolved snow, is of so dark a red as to resemble red port wine. It is
stated, that the liquor deposits a sediment; and that the question is
not answered, whether that sediment is of an animal or vegetable nature.
It is suggested that the colour is derived from the soil on which the
snow falls: in this case, no red snow can have been seen on the ice."
-The Times December 4,1818