MYSTERY ICE BALLS WASH UP ON RUSSIAN COAST

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Published on Jan 3, 2018
Thousands of mystery ice balls washed up in the Gulf of Finland in north-west Russia.

Experts were baffled by the huge baseball size snowballs, which started to appear earlier this month in Zelenogorsk, Saint Petersburg.

Some passers-by described as resembling ''giant whale eggs."

Conservationist Ilya Leukhin said the ice balls may have been caused by oil pollution in the water.

She said: ''Seawater is a solution of a huge amount of salts, and its crystallization proceeds unevenly during freezing. Oil has a freezing point higher than water, so it could be those water molecules formed around the oil spots and formed a spherical body.''

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