The oceans of our world are vast, often seemingly beyond the limits of our imagination. However, the vastness of the oceans is not beyond our ability to pollute them with plastic. Every year more plastic is produced and more ends up in the ocean. And it is not going away. Plastic is permanent, so we must be very aware of what we do with it and where it goes when we are done with it.
By exploring the tabs to the left you can begin to get a picture of where the plastic in the ocean is coming from and where it is ending up, the types of dangers we are inflicting on sealife and ultimately on ourselves, and some ideas for ways to reduce the flow of plastics into the oceans.
This is a class project for Ecology and Global Change, Bio 217, with Professor Rob Jackson at Duke University, spring 2010.