Scientists on Madeira See New ‘Plasticrust’ Sea Pollution
They say it looks like melted plastic encrusted on rocks along the shoreline.
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LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Researchers say they may have identified a new kind of plastic pollution in the sea and they’re calling it “plasticrust.” Scientists working in Madeira, a volcanic Portuguese island off northwest Africa, have found small patches of what looks like melted plastic encrusted on rocks along the shoreline. They first spotted the mostly blue and gray patches of various sizes in 2016. They are now reporting that the area the patches cover…