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How much plastic is estimated to be in the oceans and where it may be

How much plastic is estimated to be in the oceans and where it may be

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Uploaded 14 Jun 2016 by Tom Skarning
Year: 2016
From collection: Marine Litter Vital Graphics
Author: GRID-Arendal and Maphoto/Riccardo Pravettoni
Description:
Debris reaching the marine environment accumulates in different “storage compartments,” including coastal beaches, mangroves, wetlands and deltas, the water column and the sea floor. In the water column, debris can be found floating at the surface as well as submerged in the deepest waters. Debris is also present on the seabed and in the sediment from the shallow coast to the floor of abyssal plains. In addition, marine organisms can ingest debris of various sizes, turning biota into another “storage compartment” for accumulation of debris within the marine environment.
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  • Plastic input into the oceans
  • Plasticized animal species - Entangled
  • The impact of plastic pollution on  oceans is at least $8 bn per year
  • Most common and visible litter items in beaches
  • How much plastic waste is produced worldwide
  • How plastic moves from the economy to the environment