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The Ecotoxicology of Plastic Marine Debris

Susanne M. Brander, Rachel E. Fontana, Tawny M. Mata, Sarah A. Gravem, Annaliese Hettinger, Jessica R. Bean, Amber I. Szoboszlai, Carol A. Keiper and Meghan E. Marrero
The American Biology Teacher
Vol. 73, No. 8 (October 2011), pp. 474-478
DOI: 10.1525/abt.2011.73.8.9
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/abt.2011.73.8.9
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The Ecotoxicology of Plastic Marine Debris
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Abstract

The accumulation of plastic in the oceans is an ever-growing environmental concern. Plastic debris is a choking and entanglement hazard for wildlife; plastics also leach toxic compounds into organisms and ecosystems. Educating students about the marine debris problem introduces fundamental concepts in toxicology, ecology, and oceanography. Students will learn about the toxicity of plastics, collect and analyze data on plastic debris, and put their new knowledge to work by writing a congressional bill that addresses the problem of marine debris.

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