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Survey finds Texas' Gulf of Mexico shoreline has most trash

Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A new survey shows 10 times more trash ends up on the shores of Texas than any other state along the Gulf of Mexico.

Over the last two years, scientists at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve have been documenting debris along the Gulf of Mexico coastline.

The research, published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, revealed the majority of trash washing ashore is plastic -- between 69 and 95 percent. Researchers also determined more debris is deposited along the Gulf coastline during spring and summer, perhaps because more people are on the beach and the water -- and littering.

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