Why do scientists seek evidence to support cause-and-effect relationships that seem obvious to the casual observer? What is the value of studying environmental problems in depth before acting to address them? How do public awareness and economic factors affect what actions are taken with regard to waste and pollution? In this lesson, students reflect on the Pacific garbage patch and recent scientific voyages to study the effects of plastic and other debris on water quality and oceanic life.


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