Sunday, September 19, 2021

Ninety-Nine Percent Of Plastic In World’s Oceans Isn’t Even Seen


The overwhelming majority of the 8 million tons’ worth of plastics that annually fill the world’s oceans can’t even be measured by scientists.

Erik Van Sebille, an oceanographer at Utrecht University, recently told The Guardian that all that plastic that can be seen on the surface of the ocean is “maybe a half of 1% of the total” that’s actually there.

Another scientist, biochemist Helge Niemann with the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, theorizes that plastic could break down into pieces so small that make it hard to actually find, becoming “more like a chemical dissolved in the water than floating in it.”

Separately, a team of scientists has found that plastic is just as prevalent — and abundant — in the deep waters off Monterey, California as it is in those surface-layer “garbage patches.”

Check out the full story at The Guardian.

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John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.