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Concerns over Disappearance of Northeast Iceland Lake Balls

Scientists have raised concern about the rapid disappearance of the rare marimo (a.k.a. lake ball or moss ball), known as kúluskítur (literally: ‘poop ball’) in Icelandic, from Lake Mývatn, Northeast Iceland.


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According to Árni Einarsson, director of the Mývatn Research Station, the lake balls have almost disappeared despite there being an estimated 50 million lake balls in 2000.

It is not certain what has caused their disappearance, though Árni says it is most likely connected to changes in the currents and light in the lake, reports.


01.07.2012 | North Iceland Lake’s “Poop Balls” About to Disappear


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