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Nessie? Balls

Scientists searching for the Loch Ness monster have unearthed 100,000 golf balls – and no Nessie.

Delving into the depths of Scotland’s famous Loch Ness scientists were hoping to discover the secret of the monster alleged to dwell in it. Instead what they discovered was even more hideous than a monster – 100,000 golf balls. “The discovery illustrates an alarming report released from the Danish Golf Union showing that golf balls may take between 100 and 1,000 years to decompose in the wild. And decomposition is not a clean process. As the balls break down, they release toxins and heavy metals into the environment. The study shows that zinc, in particular, has the potential to cause problems because it attaches itself to sediments and poisons surrounding plants and animals,” reports Planet Green.


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