Scientist unearth record amount of microplastics on the seafloor

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In late March, scientists at the University of Manchester published a study describing the results of tank experiments simulating sediment flows across the ocean floor, in which a type of underwater avalanche was found to drive tiny fibers of plastic from shore into the deep sea.

Period1 Jun 2021

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  • TitleNew Atlas article: Scientist unearth record amount of microplastics on the seafloor
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date1/06/21
    DescriptionMillions of metric tons of plastic waste enter the ocean each year, but beyond that, we have little idea where much of it ultimately winds up. Researchers working to trace its path through the marine environment have discovered the highest concentration of microplastics ever recorded on the seafloor, an example of a hotspot of plastic pollution created by deep-sea currents that act like conveyor belts for our trash.
    URLhttps://newatlas.com/environment/record-microplastics-seafloor/
    PersonsIan Kane