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Arctic Seafloor Litter Levels Are Increasing Dramatically

Source: UPI/Brooks Hays - February 17, 2017 in Environment, Featured

Arctic Seafloor Litter Levels Are Increasing Dramatically
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(UPI) — Marine scientists from Germany have been monitoring litter levels in the Arctic since 2002. They say the problem is getting worse.

Litter is identified in photographs taken by their Ocean Floor Observation System, OFOS, which includes 21 underwater observatory stations. Two of the stations and their underwater cameras are dedicated to counting garbage.

Between 2002 and 2014, scientists identified 89 pieces of litter — plastic bags, glass shards, fishing nets — in 7,058 photographs. Researchers used other Arctic garbage studies to extrapolate their findings.

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