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Marine Scientists, Students Find Widespread Floating Plastic Debris in North Atlantic Ocean

Posted Aug 20 2010 7:15am

Map showing 6,100 offshore locations where students of SEA collected pieces of plastic.

Despite growing awareness of the problem of plastic pollution in the world's oceans, little solid scientific information has existed about the nature and scope of the issue.

This week, a team of researchers from the Sea Education Association (SEA), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and the University of Hawaii (UH) has published results in the journal Science of a study of plastic marine debris based on data collected over 22 years by undergraduate ...

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