Looking up through plastic trash floating on the surface of the ocean. Photo courtesy NOAA’s marine debris program.
Study shows ocean dynamics mixing microplastics deep into the water column
There’s no question that plastics pollution in the world’s oceans is a serious and growing problem. One recent study estimated that somewhere between 5 million and 13 million metric tons of plastic waste were dumped into the ocean in 2010 alone, for the sake of comparison, one metric ton is 2,200 pounds, about the weight of a small car.
Other studies focusing on the impacts of all the debris show that plastic poses a risk to sea turtles,crabs and seabirds, while research voyages have shown that the tiny microparticles are to be found nearly everywhere, including the Arctic.
And new research released in April suggests that most estimates of plastics pollution in the ocean may…
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