Plastic garbage floating on the ocean may draw the most outrage, but it accounts for just 1 percent of the 10 million tons of plastic that get into the world's oceans every year. The rest of it ends up in the deep ocean, and new research has revealed where it's accumulating. Advertisement Microplastic pollution is piling up on the ocean floor more than ever before, according to a study published in Science on Thursday. Most of that microplastic is coming not from broken down plastic soda bottles or shopping bags but textiles and clothing made of synthetic materials like polyester. All that microplastic isn't getting dispersed evenly. Deep sea currents are acting as conveyor belts, carrying tiny plastic particles across the seafloor—similar to garbage patches that currents create on the ocean's surface. The researchers collected samples specifically from the Tyrrhenian Sea, an area of the Mediterranean off the western coast of Italy. They chose the area because of the currents that move through as well as the fact that the seafloor there is similar to many other parts of the ocean. They collected samples from the seafloor and analyzed them back on land. Every single sample had microplastic in it…. Read full this story
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