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Sampling the North Atlantic Gyre for Plastic Debris

Posted Jan 28 2010 3:50pm
A new voyage began today at 8:00 am EST from Bermuda to study marine plastic debris.  It is part of the 5 Gyres Project, a research project promoting understanding about plastics pollution and those five pelagic plastic black holes. It's the first global study of plastic marine pollution.

This first leg of the North Atlantic expedition set sail on January 7th from the US Virgin Islands and to cross the Sargasso Sea .  They stopped in Bermuda for a couple of weeks and left today to cross the Sargasso Sea.  They will end up in the Azores.  Familiar eco-warriors, Anna Cummins, Marcus Eriksen, and Joel Paschal are on the Sea Dragon, a 19m sail boat, to help sample the area for plastic debris.  If you want to keep track of what they are doing, there are 4 blogs to choose from:

http://5gyres.org/whats_happening_now

http://www.wendmag.com/blog/2010/01/27/the-5-gyres-expedition-the-2nd-leg-bermuda-to-the-azores/

www.blueturtle.com

www.plasticreef.com

After exploring the North Atlantic Gyre, the 5 Gyres Project will sail the Sea Dragon south to research the South Atlantic.  I hope you take the time to keep track of them.
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