May 27, 2020

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  • Dirk Mullikin

    The trouble with green tribbles? Trek joke. Could this be a biochemical response that develops magnetic attraction for propagation of the species? Just a first thought.

  • Charles

    Has anyone looked into the thermal expansion of these things, perhaps the sun warms one side causing expansion on that one side and the side sitting on the ice cools and contracts… pushing them all to roll in the same direction.

  • Ralphsonjohnny

    Goes to show how little we fully understand about the plant kingdom.
    We are just realizing the methods utilized in their communication with each other.
    Hint; it’s electric in nature.
    Who’s to say that the one exposed to these energies (sunlight) doesn’t “reach out” to the ones closest to it providing a “lattice”for the rest to reach exposure.

  • Terese Nehrbauer

    Reminds me of the phenomena observed in community-behavior of e.g., seagulls’ sunset flight-before-bedtime-mass movement to then floating on water surface spending at least some of the dark night there; although frequently enough the gulls, in unison will lift off into the night for a few go-arounds/spirals, and descend again to another area of water surface, not necessarily far from where they’d been. Seagulls, I’ve read, “sleep” on the water, while awake. Last time I checked, there’s no mechanism scientifically described or understood for this. There are plausible guesses- one is that there’s a frequency band they all share by virtue of being a seagull, and communication happens through signal processing; and that their frequent spiral flights may generate the field, or their access to the field of the life-informing frequencies required.

  • Brian T

    Very interesting. The area about them appears fairly rocky and barren , but could it be perhaps they are able to “sprout” upon bits of cosmic dust coming through polar atmosphere?

    A spectral analysis tell us anything?

  • VisitingProf

    Another variation of “St. Vidas’ Dance” perhaps, however this time we see little “Balls of Moss” ‘dancing’ in unison across glaciers instead of people on the streets of Carribean Islands’ Marketplaces on ‘Market Days’? Altogether interesting, even fascinating for this mind to ponder. So, maybe both of these phenomenon are products of some as yet non-understood influence of plasma-electro-magnetism operating upon a group within one species, perhaps through frequencies of communications of which we know little or nothing? Just a bit of speculation on my part because like those scientists – I do not know! Probably, my thoughts are most closely allied with those of Terese N. And yet, Charles could well have solved this puzzle. Thank you for including this, Ben. And thanks also to all the other commenters for sharing. For now, Ciao!

  • bumpkin

    perhaps in its life-cycle, moss has a micro-‘flowering’ and produces spores that if touched, shoots spores into the air, and are small enough that the slightest puff of ocean-air, or movement of air by a bird’s wing, can send them scooting along in the air where they pick up the tiniest dust particles and use it to ‘sprout’ their spore. ALL living things need sustaining nourishment at some point. As all plants will turn toward light, if they are light-preferring plants… (and if these mossballs turn and lean toward the light like my houseplants do,) if the plant has no root system to keep them in place on the glacier, their desire for photosynthesis could be powerful enough to literally pull/move them toward the light. Electric Universe stuff… Go into the light…

  • retro

    Need to add some GPS tags to them and track their movement…

  • SonofOsiris

    those “rolling rocks” come to mind in the desert.

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