Some snow is safe to eat or drink. But a lot
of snow has dirt or bacteria or other things in
and on it. The snow by the street where I lived
in Virginia was very dirty, and when I dried it
out in a sandwich baggie, there was a lot of dirt
left in the baggie. I've also seen pink snow, and
I've seen pink color in toilets and bathtubs that
I think is due to microbes of some sort. Google
says pink snow has algae in it - Chamydomonas
nivalis. Scientific American says you can get
sick from eating pink snow - but not from playing
When I first went backpacking in 1968, we drank
water from streams. Now we don't drink water from
streams without purifying it first.
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