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Message 7160 - Posted: 23 Jun 2017, 4:22:53 UTC

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Somewhat off-topic but definitely worth discussion .. it is no goose or any animal; it is far too straight and even to be a branch or stick. It does not look like an irregularity in the picture itself. It is 8-10 to 20 or more feet long judging from previous images in the set.

Any thoughts? My first thought of a pole vaulter's pole just seems so wrong .. not many geese pole vault. ;-)
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Message 7162 - Posted: 23 Jun 2017, 20:36:08 UTC - in response to Message 7160.

Forwarded to Susan. Looks like the polar bears may be attempting to limbo.

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Message 7166 - Posted: 25 Jun 2017, 4:40:29 UTC - in response to Message 7162.
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Looks like the polar bears may be attempting to limbo.

Oh, that is definitely a NatGeo program I'd watch!

More seriously .. after more images in the set, the 'pole' is at the short end of my earlier estimate .. 8-10 feet, maybe even 6 feet. Mosaic #53 is much closer to the surface than 55 or 56.

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Message 7169 - Posted: 25 Jun 2017, 15:28:08 UTC - in response to Message 7166.

I suspect this is driftwood or perhaps even an old pole that was used for something by locals or even researchers. Each spring the water levels get fairly high and result in flooding as the snow melts that can move stuff like that around the landscape. Maybe the bears use it for a little tundra limbo, too? Great catch!


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