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A 'great garbage patch' grows in the Great Lakes

In 1988, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration first described the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch ," an area in the North Pacific Ocean where currents have concentrated plastic debris into a mucky toxic soup estimated by some to be twice the size of Texas. And now, scientists are reporting that the same fate is befalling the Great Lakes, the largest groups of fresh water lakes in the world. Lorena M. Rios Mendoza, Ph.D., reported on the latest findings at the Great Lakes meeting of the American Chemical Society. "The massive production of plastic and inadequate disposal has made plastic debris an important and constant pollutant on beaches and in oceans around the world, and the Great Lakes are not an exception," said Rios in a press release for the study. The amount of plastic produced has increased a stunning 500 percent in the last 30 years, and plastics are...

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