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Researchers Find Trash Littering the Ocean Floor

Green Lifestyle  (tags: recycling, environment, greenliving, oceans, trash )

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Twice the size of Texas, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch--along with other swirling masses of garbage in our oceans--has been making headlines of late. But while many people are familiar with images of garbage floating on the surface of the Pacific, few

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mamabear claw (48)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 9:57 am
According to Treehugger, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute "combed through thousands of hours of video footage taken over the last 20 years from remotely controlled vehicles" placed deep in the Pacific. At dive sites from Vancouver Island to the Gulf of California, researches counted more than 1,500 instances of deep-sea debris.

About one-third of the trash discovered was plastic, reports Treehugger, while metal made up one-fifth of the total. Fishing equipment and rope were also common finds for researchers, as were bottles and paper.

Because of cold temperatures and lack of oxygen and bacteria, trash on the ocean floor takes much longer to decompose than it does on land. Of particular concern are plastic bags, which Treehugger calls “notoriously dangerous for marine life

mamabear claw (48)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 10:07 am
This is really a shame

Tim C. (1811)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 10:36 am

Terry V. (30)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 10:46 am

mamabear claw (48)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 10:54 am
Thanks for the viedo Terry

mamabear claw (48)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 11:23 am
Don't Let North Carolina Become a Garbage Dump!

Theresa D. (1)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 11:47 am

Carmen S. (611)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 3:48 pm
thanks Mamabear, so sad that no place is safe from human garbage

Natasha Salgado (518)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 7:50 pm
Just a shame....

Dani C. (16)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 9:54 pm
Its no surprise....people are ruining this planet.......trash is found everywhere else...why not the ocean!Why would they leave that garbage free!!!

Thursday June 27, 2013, 10:18 pm
Thank You

VinnieSick m. (330)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 10:54 pm
Yes, it's a shame Mamabear Claw... And Cruise Ships are some of the biggest culprits.

Janice P. (5)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 11:14 pm

Elisa F. (234)
Friday June 28, 2013, 12:11 am
Hope they can get this cleaned up and that people will do their best to KEEP OUR OCEANS CLEAN! Thanks Mamabear. N& S

Elisa F. (234)
Friday June 28, 2013, 12:39 am
I realize my mistake. This trash is way Deep On the Ocean floor :(

Kerrie G. (135)
Friday June 28, 2013, 3:35 am
Noted, thanks.

John De Avalon (35)
Friday June 28, 2013, 6:02 am
What a damning indictment of mankind....

Carlene D. (239)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 6:21 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 5:55 am
people are the only ones to blame. recycle and don't litter, Pretty simple right?
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