14 million tonnes of plastic on sea floor

Scientists have found evidence that there is an estimated 14million tonnes of plastic at the bottom of the ocean

Latest evidence shows that there is thirty times more plastic on ocean floor than surface.

Scientist studied ocean sediments from as deep as 3km. what they found was huge amounts of plastic which has sunk.

Australia’s government science agency, CSIRO, gathered samples from the ocean floor at six remote sites about 300km off the country’s southern coast.

Researchers looked at 51 samples and found that after excluding the weight of the water, each gram of sediment contained an average of 1.26 microplastic pieces.

Microplastics are 5mm or less in diameter and are mostly the result of larger plastic items breaking apart into ever smaller pieces.

The cores were drilled in March and April 2017 between 288km and 349km from the coast, at depths of between 1,655 metres and 3,016 metres.

Hardesty said it wasn’t possible to know how old the pieces of plastic were, or what sort of object they had once been part of.

But she said the shape of the pieces under a microscope suggested they were once consumer items.

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monty
monty
16 days ago

thats bad

oscar
oscar
16 days ago

that’s really really bad

TooHardTiger5
TooHardTiger5
16 days ago

That is no good

OOF
OOF
16 days ago

Wow thats a lot of plastic I say we stop littering!

WAP
WAP
16 days ago

WOW

Issy
Issy
15 days ago

That’s insane!!!!! We need to be better at recylcing.

keita
keita
12 days ago

Thats really bad we need to stop

Naylor
Naylor
12 days ago

thats really bad

charlie
charlie
12 days ago

thats so bad

weirdmanbob
weirdmanbob
12 days ago

we need to put a stop to littering #savetheturtles

Yakallama
Yakallama
12 days ago

that is a LOT of plastic the poor animals!!

Jesse Bartlett
Jesse Bartlett
12 days ago

man that is shocking

Austin
Austin
11 days ago

thats way to much plastic

emma
emma
10 days ago

thats not good

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