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Marine Ecosystem Created from Plastic Debris Could Pose a Threat
Six decades in the making the man-made ecosystem known as the plastisphere began as particles of degraded plastic no bigger than grains of salt.

When that debris washes into the ocean, it breaks down into bits that are colonized by microscopic organisms, many of them new to science. Researchers suspect that some of the denizens may be pathogens hitching long-distance rides on floating junk.

Scientists also fear that creatures in the plastisphere break down chunks of polyethylene and polypropylene so completely that dangerous chemicals are leached into the environment.


 
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Legislative Support to Combat Aquatic Invasive Species in Minnesota - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has produced findings on the condition of our lakes and rivers that can’t be ignored. The DNR has identified bodies of water that are infested with a number of invasive aquatic plants, including nearly 300 lakes with infestations of Eurasian water milfoil. Nearly 200 lakes and rivers are infested with zebra mussels.


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