< Beachapedia:Factoid | 2014 | 01
We've Created a New Marine Ecosystem - The Plastisphere
- "The plastisphere was six decades in the making. It's a product of the discarded plastic — flip-flops, margarine tubs, toys, toothbrushes — that gets swept from urban sewer systems and river channels into the sea. When that debris washes into the ocean, it breaks down into bits that are colonized by microscopic organisms, many of them new to science. Researchers suspect that some of the denizens may be pathogens hitching long-distance rides on floating junk." - excerpt from article in the LA Times.
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