12 Oct '11, 3pm

Journey will track debris from Japan's tsunami. via @nytimesscience

Panagaea Exploration The Sea Dragon will sail from the Marshall Islands to Japan to Hawaii to study the dispersal of debris swept into the sea by Japan’s March 11 tsunami. Just over six months have passed since a huge tsunami slammed into northeastern Japan, killing thousands of people and wrecking towns and villages along the coast. The devastation on land was terrible, but the disaster also left a mark on the ocean that generated the tsunami: tens of thousands of tons of debris, including entire houses, cars and boats, were swept out to sea that day. This mass has now dispersed over an area covering several hundreds of miles in the northern Pacific Ocean. Now scientists from California are inviting the public to join them on a research trip into the debris field next May and June. The 7,000-mile research voyage is being organized by the 5 Gyres Institute and the Algalita...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/12/tracking-the-de...

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