How Scientists Discovered a Massive Toxic Dump Site Off the LA Coast

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How Scientists Discovered a Massive Toxic Dump Site Off the LA Coast

See More →A massive industrial dump site 10 miles off the coast of Los Angeles has been leaking the harmful chemical DDT into the ocean for decades, according to scientists who discovered the whereabouts of the underwater landfill. The submersibles revealed barrels of toxic waste scattered across the seafloor, some of which appeared to be slashed open, possibly to help them sink. Valentine said it’s “certainly possible” that harmful contamination from the relatively unexplored waste sites may be damaging ocean life that comes into contact with them. Just weeks ago, a new expedition deployed remote-operated robots to continue mapping the extent of the DDT waste sites. “DDT is known to cause various problems,” he noted, “but we don't yet have a good handle on how much DDT waste is actually present or the extent to which it is being reintroduced to animals.”

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