A mysterious orange substance, shown above, washed ashore along the Arctic coast of Kivalina, Alaska, and inundated the small Inupiat Eskimo village last week. In areas where the sun dried the material, winds scattered it as a thin orange dust, giving the first impression that it was a type of pollen.
Found several miles inland in the fresh water Wulik River, the orange material turned gooey and gave off a gaseous odor. But scooped out of the ocean, the substance had no odor and “was light to the touch, with the feel of baby oil,” relayed Janet Mitchell, City Administrator for Kivalina, to Discovery News. So what is it?
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