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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.

Year: 2016

From album: Antarctic biodiversity

Photographer: Peter Prokosch

Tags: Antarctica Arctic Atlantic change climate Environmental fauna Global ocean Pacific Southern worldwide

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