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f99u1vocab - VOCABULARY biodegradation A process by which...

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©PROJECT OCEANOGRAPHY FALL 1999 MARINE DEBRIS REFERENCES15 VOCABULARY biodegradation : A process by which microorganisms break materials down into compounds that can be reused in the environment. buoyant : Capable of floating in water. degradable : Capable of being broken down into smaller pieces by natural forces. disposal : The permanent storage or removal of trash from the environment. entanglement : The looping of a piece of debris around part of an animal’s body. Entanglement may impair swimming and feeding, cause suffocation, decrease ability to elude predators, and cause open wounds. ghost fishing : The capability of lost or discarded fishing gear, such as nets, traps, or fishing line, to continue to catch fish, shellfish, or other marine life.
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