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Old whale bone providing fertile conditions for vascular plants, Antarctic Peninsula
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 used in a variety of nineteenth-century products
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.