Microplastic hotspots on the seafloor

Microplastic hotspots on the seafloor

Credit: MidoSemsem, Adobe Photo Stock

The ocean currents that transport nutrients and oxygen to organisms on the deep-sea floor also carry microplastics there, creating hotspots of up to 1.9 million pieces per square metre, according to a study published in the journal Science.

This is the most reported for any seafloor environment in the world, write Ian Kane, from the University of Manchester, UK, and co-authors.


Published by Cosmos.

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