New research suggests that microplastics in the ocean are being pushed towards the poles rather than ending its journey in the multiple ocean garbage patches.

Authors – Liza Lester


Previous research finds most plastic ends up in the subtropical ocean gyres circling the mid-latitudes of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. These rotating currents encircle large areas sometimes called “garbage patches” because they are the destination for so much persistent floating junk.

A new modeling study in AGU’s Journal of Geographical Research: Oceans finds more microplastic may be reaching Arctic waters than previously thought.

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