Thursday, May 23, 2013

Observing the Environmental Impact of our Trash in the Oceans

Greetings Morton 5th Graders!

On Wednesday, we had an eventful day on the island.  In one of our projects, students were collecting sand samples to analyze the amount of trash mixed in with the sand grains.  You would be surprised with the amount of trash is in the oceans, and how much of it gets washed up on beaches, becoming mixed in with the sand and affecting plant and animal life.  Trash and debris found in the oceans are mostly plastic and styrofoam, that has been just thrown away instead of being recycled.  Please remember to recycle your plastics. The environmental impact is huge, and we must do as much as possible to reduce/reuse/recycle. 

My internet has been really weak while here on the island.  I didn’t see any questions from you today, so if any were sent, I’m sorry that I missed them. 

Today (Thursday) we toured the Smithsonian Marine Station on Carrie Bow Caye.  After, we went snorkeling at a section of the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world!  In the afternoon, we will be taking the boat back to the mainland, and staying in Dangriga.  Friday we are heading back to Atlanta, so this will be my last blog post.  I have really enjoyed your questions.  I look forward to seeing you all on June 3rd!

Dr. Atchison
Georgia State University

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