A Troubling Discovery In The Deepest Ocean Trenches

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Post by phildidge on Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:40 am

Alan Jamieson remembers seeing it for the first time: a small, black fiber floating in a tube of liquid. It resembled a hair, but when Jamieson examined it under a microscope, he realized that the fiber was clearly synthetic—a piece of plastic. And worryingly, his student Lauren Brooks had pulled it from the gut of a small crustacean living in one of the deepest parts of the ocean.

For the past decade, Jamieson, a marine biologist at Newcastle University, has been sending vehicles to the bottom of marine trenches, which can be as deep as the Himalayas are tall. Once there, these landers have collected amphipods—scavenger relatives of crabs and shrimp that thrive in the abyss. Jamieson originally wanted to know how these animals differ from one distant trench to another. But a few years ago, almost on a whim, he decided to analyze their body for toxic, human-made pollutants such as polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, which have been banned for decades but which persist in nature for much longer.


The team found PCBs galore. Some amphipods were carrying levels 50 times higher than those seen in crabs from one of China’s most polluted rivers. When the news broke, Jamieson was inundated with calls from journalists and concerned citizens. And in every discussion, one question kept coming up: What about plastics?

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Post by veya_victaous on Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:08 am

this is really fucked.

we really have fucked the planet

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:49 am

Suspect

I now await smelly', Tommy and Deano, likely backed their usual support squad, to once again crawl out of the woodwork...

Remininding us all that this pollution doesn't really exist, but that this report is really a party of their claimed lefty/socialist/greenie/communistic conspiracy to destroy modern civilisation as we know it,  with everyone "living in caves"..

While supposedly making "$$Billions$$ for Al Gore" in the procees  !!!        Rolling Eyes

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Post by nicko on Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:03 am

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