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Posted on Sunday, February 04 - 2007

The origin of the orange effect is still a mystery.

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Russia has flown a team of chemical experts to a Siberian region to find out why smelly, coloured snow has been falling over several towns. Oily yellow and orange snowflakes fell over an area of more than 1,500sq km (570sq miles) in the Omsk region on Wednesday, Russian officials said.Chemical tests were under wayto determine the cause, they said.

Residents have been advised not to use the snow for household tasks or let animals graze on it."So far we cannot explain the snow, which is oily to the touch and has a pronounced rotten smell," said Omsk environmental prosecutor Anton German, quoted by the Russian news agency Itar-Tass on Thursday. "We are waiting for the results of a thorough test on samples." But Vladimir Gurzhey, an official with the civil defence ministry in Omsk, told the Russia TV channel that the snowhad four times the normal levels of iron in it. The TV also reported that coloured snow had fallen in the neighbouring regions of Tomsk and Tyumen. Omsk, in western Siberia, is a centre of Russia's oil industry. About 27,000 people live in the areas affected by the snow, Russian officials said.

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Study explains rainforest similarities

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Global warming could change Earths tilt

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