How a 90-Year-Old Quest for Plankton Uncovered Early Plastic Pollution
Searching for plankton led to a discovery of plastic pollution, great piece from Atlas Obscura.
In 1925, on a fruitless whale-watching expedition somewhere in the Southern Ocean, Sir Alister Hardy had a bright idea. The British zoologist had been tasked with investigating whale populations while aboard the RSS Discovery but he was having trouble spotting any cetaceans. Hardy soon realized something: The smartest way to find something as big as a whale was to find something as small as plankton.
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