Gallery: Scientists Discover a Great Garbage Patch in Lake Erie

 

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Researchers have confirmed reports of an alarming increase in plastic pollutants in the Great Lakes – and the mass of plastics is beginning to behave like the concentrated toxic conglomeration known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The production and dumping of plastic products has affected the Great Lakes region much as it has impacted oceans and beaches around the world. Some of the plastic pollution in Lake Erie has already deteriorated into microscopic pellets that are exceptionally difficult to clean up.

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