Quantitative Tar and Plastic Waste Distributions in the Pacific Ocean

@article{Wong1974QuantitativeTA,
  title={Quantitative Tar and Plastic Waste Distributions in the Pacific Ocean},
  author={Charles S Wong and David R. Green and Walter J. Cretney},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1974},
  volume={247},
  pages={30-32}
}
WE report in this letter the first quantitative data on tar and plastic waste distributions in the surface waters of the Pacific Ocean. During the Canadian Transpac-72 cruise, thirty-seven surface tows were made with a neuston net to collect particu-late pollutants quantitatively. (The net, a Kahl Scientific model with a mouth 80 cm by 30.5 cm and a 150 µm mesh net, was towed at 4 to 5 knots for 10 to 15 min at a time, covering an average area of 1,800 m2. It was rigged so that it would tow off… CONTINUE READING
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