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Airborne Pollution Contaminating Oceans

"Fallout from the atmosphere is an important and previously under-appreciated source of a number of important pollutants, including nitrogen, lead, mercury, and organochlorine compounds such as DDT and PCBs. Some of these pollutants can be transported over long distances before falling onto the ocean or on watersheds draining to the coast. Atmospheric transport is the primary mechanism for contamination of oceanic regions remote from human activities, such as polar seas and the open ocean." (Excerpt from "Marine Pollution in the United States," published by the Pew Oceans Commission, 2001, pg. 12)

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