Atlantic Ocean Essays

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Walking on any beach these days, you’re sure to find at least some form of plastic on the shoreline. Granted, there’s a lot of other stuff floating out in the sea, but unlike natural materials, plastic doesn’t degrade normally. Plastic bottles, containers, foam pieces made from polyurethane, and fishing lines are showing up in whole or pieces, and are getting dissolved into the water, to be absorbed by plankton. So much plastic has taken over our oceans, in fact, that…

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Marine Pollution

Chapter 1: Introduction (Marine Pollution History) Although marine pollution has a long history, significant international laws to counter it were only enacted in the twentieth century. Marine pollution was a concern during several United Nations Conferences on the Law of the Sea beginning in the 1950s. Most scientists believed that the oceans were so vast that they had unlimited ability to dilute, and thus render pollution, harmless. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, there were several controversies about dumping…

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