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Scoop-like shoreline on southern Kenai grabs tsunami debris

Gore Point curves into the Gulf of Alaska from the southern Kenai Peninsula "like a giant lacrosse basket," writes Michael Armstrong of the Homer News. That makes it a perfect collection zone for debris floating on ocean currents. Armstrong recently joined an annual cleanup of Gore Point beaches that was boosted this year by a $10,000 grant from a group worried about debris from the Japan tsunami. The scale of debris the group found this summer was stunning, Armstrong writes.

Dozens of big white plastic foam buoys the size of 30-gallon trash cans poked through the driftwood. Orange and black buoys 4-feet long and 2-feet across dotted the beach like giant horse pills. Red fuel cans with Japanese writing, some still with kerosene, also were found.

And everywhere, blue, beige and white plastic foam insulation that could be from Japanese buildings covered the beach. Caught between logs, mingled with seaweed on the tide and washed onto black sand, millions of pieces of plastic foam fouled the beach. Some chunks were 2-feet wide, others no bigger than an eraser head, and almost all the pieces had been nibbled at and bitten by sea and land animals.

Read more at the Homer News: Volunteers clean up debris at Gore Point