Swirling seas of plastic trash

Long-lasting oceanic garbage threatens marine life

By Amanda Rose Martinez, 14:40 PM June 22, 2011

 

The ocean dumps literally tons of plastic trash on Hawaii’s Kamilo Beach each year. Credit: Amanda Rose Martinez

 

Kamilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii, is no ordinary beach. While it has sand, most of the island is made up of cooled chunks of lava rock that formed when Mauna Loa, one of the island’s volcanoes, erupted in 1868.

 

There are no roads that lead to Kamilo (pronounced: ka-MEE-low). The only way to get there is to drive for two hours over piles of volcanic rock. I share a ride with some locals and a scientist, and we bounce wildly and try to keep our heads from bumping the ceiling of the truck. ...

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