Main content area The Effects of Plastic Pollution on Aquatic Wildlife: Current Situations and Future Solutions

| December 5, 2015

 

The purpose of this assignment is to expose the student to current topics in oceanography beyond the scope of the class. You will be surprised how many news articles are related to the ocean in one way or another.

Find an article in a journal, newspaper, or online (i.e. Washington Post, New York Times, Science, Popular Science, Nature) that has been published in the past year and is related to an oceanographic topic. THIS MUST BE A REPUTABLE SOURCE! If in doubt, please ask.

Some examples are: marine organisms, effects of climate change on the oceans, ocean acidification, wave energy, overfishing, aquaculture, coral bleaching, red tide, and plastics in the ocean. This is by no means a complete list. There are many other topics that are related to oceanography. Please choose something that you are interested in. If in doubt, email me a PDF or link to the article and I will let you know if the article is acceptable. If it is something that interests you and is related to oceanography, I will likely approve it.

Assignment: Read the article carefully and provide a review that answers the following questions. You must try to address each question the best you can to receive full credit.

The review should be at least one full typed page, double-spaced. No fonts larger than 12-pt and normal 1” margins.

Indicate the title and author of the article.
Provide a short summary of the article. In a few sentences tell me what the article is about in your own words!
How does the article relate to oceanography? (This question can be answered in your summary)
What is the problem discussed? (This question can be answered in your summary)
Is there a global impact? If so, what is it?
Is there a local impact? If so, what is it?
What is the impact on your daily life and in the long term?
Is there anything you can do and what?
Why is this important?
Why is it interesting to you?
Provide a link to the article.

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