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Icelandic Farmer Sells Stones to Americans

Ómar Antonsson, a farmer at Horn in Hornafjördur, southeast Iceland, is making profits from selling stones from a beach on his land to the US, where the rocks are used for quality swimming pools.

“These stones have been here beneath my feet since I can first remember and I’ve never seen anything profitable in them,” Antonsson told Fréttabladid.

Antonsson said the stone export began by coincidence. “I was transporting concrete materials to the East Fjords because of the operations there. Some men from Arizona saw the materials, then just knocked on my door and said they were interested in doing business with me.”

According to Antonsson, the men had been traveling the world looking for dark stones that could be used for swimming pools. The farmer said people find the dark color of the stones attractive and since the ocean has already rubbed the stones round and smooth, there is no need for buyers to spend money on that. The ocean constantly provides Antonsson with new supplies of the profitable stones.

Last year the businessmen from Arizona purchased 12,000 tons of stones from Antonsson and this year they have purchased another 7,000 tons.

The farmer has constructed a pier on his beach so transport vessels can cast their anchors there and has begun marketing his rocks in Iceland and in other countries overseas.

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