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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Where did the plastic waste gone in the ocean?

As many as 99 percent of the plastic in the ocean is lost. This is not good news, but it's bad news. The scientists said that the number of microscopic plastic was go into the complex marine food chains, as well as chemical waste such as mercury.

Carlos Duante, an oceanographic expert from the University of Western Australia, who conducted a study on the five options in the ocean currents, and the research conducted in 2010 and 2011.
Plastic waste in the ocean. Scientists stated that 99 percent of microscopic plastic in the ocean is lost, the possibility of edible animals. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1oCQKxK)
According to him, humans produce at least 300 million tons of plastic waste a year. Approximately 0.1 percent of expected entry into the ocean. By calculating the results of the research, Duante was found that the plastic amount in the ocean is much less than it should be. The amount is at most only 40,000 tons. Alias​​, mostly gone.

Where the loss of plastic waste it? Duante revealed, "There is the potential of plastic waste that went into the food chains in the ocean."

Peter Davidson, an oceanography expert from the Farallon Institute for Advanced Ecosystem Research in California said that the plastic can suck the pollutants in water and and concentrated it to make entry into the food chain.

As quoted from The Verge on June 30, 2014, that plastic wate may also taken by the ocean currents back to the mainland or undetected destroyed. However, the fact that animals eat plastic, according to Davidson, can not be denied. Research is needed to determine the impact. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | THE VERGE]
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