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jetsam, jetsom

1. part of a ship’s cargo thrown overboard, as to lighten the load in the event of danger.
2. such cargo when it is washed ashore.
3. anything which is discarded. Cf. flotsam.
See also: Ships
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On The Edge Of covers such diverse aspects as species on the verge of extinction, refugees coming by the sea to the UK, the chemical footprint left by humanity for future archaeologists, flotsam and jetsom washed up on the tideline and other concerns related to the sea.