It’s Official: There’s Plastic in All of the Subtropical Ocean Gyres

It’s Official: There’s Plastic in All of the Subtropical Ocean Gyres

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Five oceanic gyres. Illustration: NOAA

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Mixed with the ocean microorganisms, an increasing number of plastic particles continues to appear and to confirm that this material is present in the five subtropical gyres explored by the 5 Gyres project.

At the risk of been taken out of context by plastic industry opportunists, let’s just say it: there is no plastic island, or big pile of trash floating in the middle of the ocean. It’s more accurate to talk about a plastic soup: small particles that are floating in the water not visible to the eye unless you take the trawl samples this expedition has been taking.

Despite the lack of a theatrical spectacle, it’s still a surreal thing to see some of the results of the sampling…

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