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        Water Pollution Investigation

        Water pollution is the contamination of water resources by harmful wastes or toxins. This type of pollution can be dangerous to animals and plant populations in and around lakes, rivers, polluted groundwater areas or oceans, and can pose major problems for humans as well. Explore the detrimental effects of plastic waste pollution on the San Francisco Bay—specifically, mercury contamination, with this resource group from QUEST.

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        Mercury in the Bay - Part 1 | QUEST

        Did you know that mercury extracts gold out of rock? Mercury mined during the gold rush has left a toxic legacy in California, particularly in the San Francisco Bay, where the metal is still found in its mud and fish.

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        Mercury in the Bay - Part 2 | QUEST

        QUEST discusses the problem of mercury in San Francisco Bay with local fisherman at the Berkeley Marina, a leading doctor who diagnoses “fish fog” mercury poisoning in her patients, and a Bay ecologist who studies the ways mercury affects human life.

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        Sea of Plastic | QUEST

        Where do our used plastic cups, packaging and other plastic products go? Quite possibly into the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” in the Pacific Ocean! QUEST reporter David Gorn finds out why some California cities and counties are looking to limit the amount of plastic waste produced in their area.

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        Drugs in Our Drinking Water | QUEST

        Trace amounts of many different kinds of pharmaceuticals have been found in much of America’s drinking water. But what risks do these small amounts of toxins pose to humans and animals?

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