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Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: CNN


Context: A new study published in the Nature Ecology & Evolution journal reveals those dozens of coastal invertebrate organisms, including tiny crabs and anemones, have been able to survive and reproduce on plastic debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch


Key findings:

  • Plastic pollution in the ocean might be enabling the creation of new floating ecosystems of coastal species that are not normally able to survive in the open ocean