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(NPR)   Rolling moss gathers no stones   (npr.org) divider line
    More: Interesting, Greenland ice sheet, balls of moss, Glacier, researcher Tim Bartholomaus, Root Glacier, strange pillow-like moss balls, new work, whole colony of moss balls  
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669 clicks; posted to Geek » on 22 May 2020 at 10:35 AM (3 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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3 days ago  
That was a fun read, thanks subs
 
3 days ago  
someone go check on the swedes
 
2 days ago  
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2 days ago  
Ok, that was actually interesting. Why doesn't somebody set up a camera next to one, of they move about an inch a day a slow motion camera should capture something.

I have to wonder if the moss itself has some mechanism to roll. If it needs to roll to keep moss alive on every side, perhaps though plant like contraction and expansion (like plants tilting toward sunlight) it can deform the ball and move, this exposing the moss on the other side.
 
2 days ago  
Freaky.  And somewhat comforting to know that our planet still has surprises.

I wish the article had dug into the question of whether or not their movement can be adequately explained by 'the wind'.
 
2 days ago  

adamatari: Ok, that was actually interesting. Why doesn't somebody set up a camera next to one, of they move about an inch a day a slow motion camera should capture something.

I have to wonder if the moss itself has some mechanism to roll. If it needs to roll to keep moss alive on every side, perhaps though plant like contraction and expansion (like plants tilting toward sunlight) it can deform the ball and move, this exposing the moss on the other side.


Make that a time lapse camera, not slow motion.
 
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