“If you live hundreds of miles away from the coast, it probably never occurs to you that the plastic bag or cup lid that you toss into the gutter might make its way into the Atlantic or the Pacific. But somewhere between 40,000 and 110,000 metric tons of plastic waste generated by Americans ends up in the ocean, according to a groundbreaking study published earlier this year in the journal Science.
It’s difficult to pinpoint where all that refuse originates, and researchers think that much or most of it probably comes from the nation’s densely-populated coastlines. But there’s also evidence that the nation’s inland waterways serve as a conduit for plastic to travel thousands of miles into the oceans.”
-By Patrick J. Kiger, Discovery News
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