Inhabitat’s Brit Liggett Reports from the South Sea on the Search for Plastic Pollution

by , 03/08/11
filed under: Environment, Water Issues

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Anna noted that because of the ocean’s currents these chemicals could be found anywhere in the world — even in a place like the Magellan Strait in Chile, where the population is tiny. By studying the presence of the chemicals in different areas, the lab can help to map the plastic, where it comes from, and how the ocean’s currents distribute it around the world. Anna has been on the Sea Dragon since it was docked in Periapolis in Uruguay, will continue with us to Valdivia, Chile, and will then return to Sweden with her refrigerator of plastic samples to analyze.

Anna and I are on the same “watch” — there are two watches that switch off crewing the boat and we’ve been talking quite a bit. I’m excited for our upcoming sampling extravaganza.

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Inhabitat Writer and Video Producer Brit Liggett was chosen by Electrolux to be a crew member on the latest 5 Gyres expedition. She is traveling along the southern coast of Chile helping the crew of the Sea Dragon study plastic pollution along the Chilean coastline. This post is sponsored by Electrolux

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1 Comment

  1. biaggini007 May 30, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Hi Brit. Thank for your research.
    Do you have soe data about bacteria or microorganism degrading plastics in Chile?
    Are the microorganisms communities the same in coasts difefrent?
    Which is the potential of metabolism bacteria to degrade plastics in the environments?



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