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http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/10/22/ocean-plastics-mystery-ending/ Ocean Plastic’s Mystery Ending Posted by Jonathan Waterman in Ocean Views on October 22, 2012 As we continue sailing west, we have more questions than answers about our plastic quarry. We’re now more than halfway to Hawaii, with California 1,200 miles and 17 days behind us. While we’ve conducted more than 40 net deployments and counted close to 40,000 pieces of plastic in the North Pacific gyre, researchers at Sea Education Association (SEA) and elsewhere cannot say for any certainty what happens to the floating plastic. The plastic could linger in the ocean for an indeterminate number of years, but no one can say how long it takes the plastic to disappear from the surface and what happens next. In the Atlantic Ocean, particle traps have been placed deep in the water column near Bermuda, and despite the presence of floating plastic in the region, researchers have not detected plastic in the traps. http://youtu.be/RTKuL0Bqx68 The Science of Plastics at SEA (2012) Published on 13 Oct 2012 by SeaEducationAssn Get a glimpse at the variety of research objectives being carried out on the Plastics at SEA: North Pacific Expedition 2012.