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“Plasticrust” is a new form of pollution that’s taking over shorelines

A new type of plastic pollution has made its way to the shores of Madeira in Portugal, a recent study revealed. A team of researchers at Portugal’s Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre (MARE) identified the pollution as “plasticrust” – patches of plastic that encrust rocks along the shore. Ignacio Gestoso, a marine ecologist at MARE and the lead author of the study, said that the plasticrust likely came from large pieces of plastic debris that were crashing against the rocky shore. This debris then became embedded on the rocks, where they resembled algae and lichen. Read more....

 

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