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In 2013, at the suggestion of oceanographer Charles Moore, geologist Patricia Corcoran and artist Kelly Jazvac travelled to Kamilo Beach, Hawaii to study a new type of stone they have described as 'Plastiglomerate.' It consists of a mix of molten plastic debris and beach sediment, including sand, wood, and rock. Also of note is the origin of the plastic debris on Kamilo Beach: it mostly appears to be foreign to Hawaii.

A co-authored manuscript of their findings, and related press, can be found here:

http://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/24/6/article/i1052-5173-24-6-4.htm

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/10/science/earth/future-fossils-plastic-stone.html?_r=0

Jazvac displays these samples as readymade objects alongside her other plastic-based artworks.

Photo credit: Jeff Elstone

 
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