The orangey goo that gunked up Kivalina’s shores earlier this month was first thought to be some kind of microscopic egg. But now, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers say it’s actually the spores of a plant fungus. Steve Morton identified the stuff. He’s the research oceanographer with NOAA in South Carolina. Morton says he used high powered electron microscopes to get a closer look and was surprised by what he found.
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