HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A team of scientists collected 12 tons of marine trash during a month-long research trip in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands that wrapped up last week.That’
Source: KHNL: Team of scientists collects 12 tons of ocean trash in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/cb_330510/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=9vDkFW7c).
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Scientists have been traveling to the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument for the past 10 years to study the marine ecosystem and to collect the marine debris washed ashore on these uninhabited islands. This past month scientists have collected 12 tons of marine trash during a trip to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. According to KHNL/Hawaii News Now, the debris removal trip has produced “shocking images of mountains of trash on uninhabited Pacific shores, and a better understanding of how ocean currents concentrate trash in particular places.”
The documented instances of trash contamination on these distant shores should serve as a cautionary tale for all of us. Sooner or later, we will be covered with our own garbage, and endangering the marine ecosystems we depend on for life itself.
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