The deep sea is a major sink for microplastic debris

The deep sea is a major sink for microplastic debris

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The deep sea is becoming a collecting ground for plastic waste, according to the new discovery made by research scientists from the Natural History Museum, the University of Oxford, the Scottish  Association for Marine sciences, the University of Plymouth and the University of Barcelona.

The new study reveals around four billion microscopic plastic fibres could be littering each square kilometre  of deep sea sediment around the world.

The full study – The deep sea is a major sink for microplastic debris by Woodall, Thompson et al – is published in Open Science

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/news/2014/dec/deep-sea-littered-with-plastic-debris134005.html

http://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/1/4/140317