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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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Broward Canal Yields the Largest Invasive Snakehead Fish - A 14-pound, three-ounce bullseye snakehead, a member of an exotic family of aggressive, fast-growing, razor-toothed air-gulper fish was pulled from the Margate canal recently. The snakehead is an Asian invader and while the fish hasn’t proven much of a monster in Northwest Broward, where it was first discovered in a lake in 2000 and has been corralled by the canal systems’ flood-control gates and water structures, the capture does show that the population is quite healthy in South Florida.


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