Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Oceans Awash With Microscopic Plastic, Scientists Say

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Environment/Energy Donate to DU
 
theoceansnerves Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:03 PM
Original message
Oceans Awash With Microscopic Plastic, Scientists Say
James Owen
for National Geographic News
May 6, 2004

Beaches worldwide bear witness to the ugly impact of plastic debris on our oceans. Milk jugs, water bottles, cigarette lighters, diaper liners, jar lids, cheap toys, and goodness knows what else festoon tide lines today. But this may just scratch the surface.

A new study suggests that microscopic bits of plastic have sifted, unseen, throughout the marine environment. The plastic not only litters the beach, it islike fine bits of sandbecoming the beach.

U.K. researchers in Plymouth and Southampton, England, found that microscopic fragments of nylon, polyester, and seven other types of plastic are widespread in sediments around British shores.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/05/0506_04...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 12:34 PM
Response to Original message
1. The North Pacific is chock full of macroscopic plastic
Last summer, I sailed from Barrow Alaska to the Ross Sea Antarctica. Every day at lunchtime I went up to the bow to bird/whale watch. The amount of visible plastic in the water between Dutch Harbor and Hawaii was astounding.

Fishing gear, bottles, bags, and a lot of stuff that was unidentifiable.

One day I counted 27 pieces of plastic pass within 10 meters of the ship over a 22 minute interval. The ship was doing ~10 knots. I haven't done the math but that's a shocking amount of trash per square kilometer.





Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Thu Jul 31st 2014, 08:41 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Environment/Energy Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC