Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Australian study estimates 14 million tonnes of microplastics on ocean floor

microplastics have accumulated on the seabed

 New research finds a staggering amount of plastic pollution may be sitting on the ocean floor.According to a new study from Australia’s national science agency, an estimated 14 million tonnes of microplastics have accumulated on the seabed.

That is more than double the amount of plastic believed to be floating on the surface.

“Plastic pollution that ends up in the ocean deteriorates and breaks down, ending up as microplastics,” said Justine Barrett, who led the study.

“Our research provides the first global estimate of how much microplastic there is on the seafloor. Even the deep ocean is susceptible to the plastic pollution problem.”

This microplastic has detrimental impacts on marine ecosystems, wildlife and human health.

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