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Where do microplastics go in the oceans?
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.