The Atlantic ocean first 200 meters water layer holds 12 to 21 million tons of micro plastic waste
Researchers have made micro plastic measurements in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time. In the first 200 meters of the water layer, they estimate that there are approximately 12 to 21 million tons of waste.
According to a new study, there are millions of tons of micro plastics in the Atlantic. In the upper water layers of the first 200 meters alone there are approximately 12 to 21 million tons of waste. This is the conclusion of measurements by researchers from the “National Oceanography Centre” (NOC) in Great Britain, published in the journal “Nature Communications.”
Until now, due to the lack of micro plastic measurements, there has been no way for scientists to compare the assumed amount of plastic that has been released into the ocean with the amount in the water, said study leader Katsiaryna Pabortsava, “Our research is the first to do this across the entire Atlantic from the UK to the Falkland Islands.”