Global Briefing: May 7, 2001

SPOILS OF THE SEA

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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