Persistent: existing for a long time
Organic: based on carbon, an element in living organisms
Pollutants: potentially harmful chemicals that are produced or released by human activity.
This project is a good example of the ways in which scientists work together to answer questions. Scientists become experts in a part of the natural world and its processes. In this case, Rebecca Dickhut is an expert in Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the ways in which they move around the world. Hugh Ducklow is an expert in picoplankton and in the Antarctic coastal ecosystem. Together, Rebecca and Hugh are trying to answer two questions:
In their words, these scientists are looking at
transport (how they get there)
In order to understand this project, we need to know about
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