The Pendleton Panther

Golf Balls Take 1,000 Years to Decompose

Posted on: November 11, 2009

golf ball

Golf Ball

For a golf ball to decompose naturally, scientists have discovered that it takes anywhere from 100 to 1,000 years to decompose naturally.  It is becoming a major littering problem.  In America alone, an estimated 300 million golf balls are lost each year.  When scientists began searching the bottom of Loch Ness searching for the monster they surprisingly found hundreds of thousands of golf balls.  Currently research on the topic is being constructed by the Danish Golf Association about the impact of the litter.  The impact of the decomposition of golf balls is currently unknown, but it can be inferred that the results aren’t too positive.  Scientists have discovered that as golf balls decompose, they release a high amount of heavy metals that include dangerous levels of zinc which is found in the solid cores of golf balls.  This is an major problem that has been overlooked for years and years.  Thankfully now it will be researched and looked into by scientists.  I guess the main message that scientists are trying to say is to keep the ball in the fairway!


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  • Aully Bukan: Thanks for share...
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