Global Briefing: May 7, 2001


Folks visiting Queen Charlotte Islands, south of Alaska, shouldn't be surprised if they see Micron PC computer monitors bobbing in the surf. In January 2000, a ship carrying the monitors from Thailand to Seattle ran into a typhoon, which swept about 2,000 units overboard. They're now showing up on Pacific Coast beaches, along with flotsam from other recent spills: an estimated 10,000 Tweety & Sylvester bath mats, 34,000 hockey gloves and 18,000 Nike Cross Trainers. Seattle oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer, who tracks cargo spills with a worldwide network of beachcombers, says, "The North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans...

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