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'Landscape of fear': what a mass of rotting reindeer carcasses taught scientists

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

When 323 reindeer were killed by lightning on a remote Norwegian plateau, their bodies were left for nature to take its course In August 2016, a park ranger stumbled upon 323 dead wild tundra reindeer in Norway's remote Hardangervidda plateau. They had been killed in a freak lightning event. But instead of removing the carcasses, the park decided to leave them where they were, allowing nature to take its course - and scientists to study this island of decomposition and how it might change the arctic tundra ecosystem. Over the years scientists observed the bloated, fly-infested bodies turn...
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