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Old whale bone providing fertile conditions for vascular plants, Antarctic Peninsula

Old whale bone providing fertile conditions for vascular plants, Antarctic Peninsula

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Uploaded 17 Aug 2010 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2010
From collection: Antarctic biodiversity
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
Nutrients which seep out of whale bones fertilise plants, leading to an accumulation of organic matter in the soil. Whale bone is also known as Baleen and it was <a href=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baleen>used in a variety of nineteenth-century products</a> where flexibility and strength were required. It had to be thoroughly cleaned after it was removed from the animal or it would develop an unpleasant smell. Nowadays plastic or steel would be used instead.
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