Simulated sunlight reveals how 98% of plastics at sea go missing each year

Study explores removal mechanisms, microbial impacts and lifetimes of select microplastics on the ocean surface Florida Atlantic University A schematic figure of plastic photo-dissolution and plastic dissolved organic carbon (DOC) biodegradation.  Credit: Lee Ann DeLeo Trillions of plastic fragments are afloat at sea, which cause large “garbage patches” to form in rotating ocean currents called…

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