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Question 1: The prediction was based on results obtained by several Alaska-based researchers between 1985 and 1988 that measured neustonic ________ in the North Pacific Ocean.
Polyvinyl chloridePolystyrenePolycarbonatePlastic

Question 2: A similar patch of floating plastic debris is found in the ________.
Arctic OceanAtlantic OceanPacific OceanIndian Ocean

Question 3: Thomas Morton, ‘Oh, This is Great, Humans Have Finally Ruined the Ocean’, ________, Vol.
United StatesCanadaVice (magazine)United Kingdom

Question 4: Extrapolating from findings in the ________, the researchers hypothesized that similar conditions would occur in other parts of the Pacific where prevailing currents were favorable to the creation of relatively stable waters.
East China SeaPacific OceanSea of JapanYellow Sea

Question 5: Some of these long-lasting plastics end up in the stomachs of marine birds and animals baby chicks,[8] including sea turtles, and the ________.
ProcellariiformesShort-tailed AlbatrossBlack-footed AlbatrossLaysan Albatross

Question 6: [24] Besides the particles' danger to wildlife, the floating debris can absorb organic pollutants from seawater, including PCBs, ________, and PAHs.

Question 7: Some plastics decompose within a year of entering the water, leaching potentially toxic chemicals such as ________, PCBs and derivatives of polystyrene.
Bisphenol ABis(2-ethylhexyl) adipatePolyvinyl chlorideDibutyl phthalate

Question 8: Most current estimates state that it is larger than the state of ________, with some estimates claiming that it is larger than the continental United States, however the exact size is not known.

Question 9: Plastic waste thus enters the ________ through its concentration in the neuston.
Food chainCarnivoreHerbivorePredation

Question 10: The existence of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was predicted in a 1988 paper published by the ________ (NOAA) of the United States.
United States Environmental Protection AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationNational Weather ServiceNational Agricultural Statistics Service


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