Publicado por: pongpesca | 2019/12/05

Microplastics a Million Times More Abundant in Oceans Than Previously Thought

Microplastics a Million Times More Abundant in Oceans Than Previously Thought“Nothing seems safe from plastic contamination. It is pulled from the nostrils of sea turtles, found in Antarctic waters and buried in the fossil record. But a new study by researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego suggests there could be a million times more pieces of plastic in the ocean than previously estimated.

Biological oceanographer Jennifer Brandon found some of the tiniest countable microplastics in surface seawater at much higher concentrations than previously measured. Her method unveiled that the traditional way of counting marine microplastics is likely missing the smallest particles, suggesting the number of measured microplastics in the ocean is off by five to seven orders of magnitude.”

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Fonte: Technology Networks, 5 de dezembro de 2019.


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