Containers Lost At Sea

Date: 1/8/2011

Annually an estimated 10,000 shipping containers fall off container ships at sea, many sinking to the seafloor. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary used a robotic submarine to study the biological impacts of a shipping container discovered resting on the seafloor in 1,300m about 20km outside Monteray Bay. By comparing animal communities close to and away from the container the researchers hope to determine what effects the container has had on seafloor life.

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