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What is this?

Marty’s photo of the day #2434: What is this? If you’re a Republican politician, you’d think it’s a bunch of nothing in an ideal spot for an oil well. If you’re an actual human being, you might think that someone left a swatch of orange shag carpeting outside in a wet climate, and plants started growing in it.

The true answer is that it’s a close-up of tundra “cushion plants” in the Arctic.

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