Harmful Marine Debris

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Point source water pollution

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Students complete a form that requires them to make decisions about how severely different types of marine debris affect animals, people, vessels, and habitat. As a class, results are totaled and analyzed to determine which types of marine debris are most harmful to the different categories. Students will be able to: define the vocabulary term "marine debris;" explore the effects of marine debris on animals, people, vessels, and habitats; identify which marine debris is most harmful.

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