Malaysia plane: Confronting searchers is an ocean full of garbage

By Barbara Demick This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.  March 30, 2014, 10:16 a.m.

BEIJING — The search and rescue teams working off the west coast of Australia seeking the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 discovered what oceanographers have been warning: Even the most far-flung stretches of ocean are full of garbage.

For the first time since the search focused on the south Indian Ocean 10 days ago, the skies were clear enough and the waves calm, allowing ships to retrieve the “suspicious items” spotted by planes and on satellite imagery.

But examined on board, none of it proved to be debris from the missing plane, just the ordinary garbage swirling around the ocean.,0,3542330.story#ixzz2xXuEIGeY

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