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The New York Times Green Blog (Thu 17 May, 2012)
Sterilizing That Blasted Ballast
Staff quoted: Mario Tamburri
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In the dank bowels of the ship, a million microbes squirm and writhe. Their watery cradle — the ballast — plays a central role in balancing the weight of giant cargo ships that regularly shuttle back and forth between the world's oceans.