Marine debris is an environmental problem of global importance, enlisting the concern and action of scientists, policy makers, as well as the general public. This three-lesson kit focuses primarily on plastic marine debris. Students critically examine data and samples and take part in activities that explore the causes, geographical distribution, and biological impacts of marine debris. Each lesson can be completed in about 50–60 minutes, but many of the activities are discrete and can be easily rearranged to fit various curricular objectives and time constraints.
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Important Note: As of December 2013, Lesson 2 of the Marine Debris kit cannot be completed as written because the server running the computer model used in the lesson has crashed. This website is not run by C-MORE, and we hope that the computer model will be back up and running soon.
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