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The new face of the plastics crisis

Newcastle University research has uncovered the presence of plastic in a new species of deep-sea amphipods which has been discovered in one of the deepest places on earth.  The amphipod—known in informal speech as a "hopper"—was discovered by researchers from Newcastle University in the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench between Japan and the Philippines. The researchers officially named the species Eurythenes plasticus in reference to the plastic it has ingested. In its body was polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a substance found in a variety of commonly used household items such as water bottles and workout clothes. The research was supported by WWF and published in Zootaxa today (5 March).  Read more....



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