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Can you spot ocean plastic from space?

12 April 2019

Scientists are working on a technique to track plastic debris in the ocean from space.

It's extremely challenging, especially since the individual pieces of litter are smaller than the minimum-sized objects that satellites can resolve.

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Salin Aigues-Mortes

Since antiquity, workers have harvested salt from the tidal marshes of Aigues-Mortes, France—a coastal Mediterranean town steeped in history. Today, salt remains an important industry here, and satellites can provide a bird's eye view of the vibrant production process.

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