What is microplastic anyway? Inside the insidious pollution that is absolutely everywhere

Microplastic in spoon (Getty Images/Olena Sakhnenko)

“Microplastics are insidious and now cover large areas of our planet,” Mary Crowley, Founder and President of Ocean Voyages Institute, wrote to Salon. “Besides being found in the deepest part of our ocean, the Mariana Trench, microplastics are also found atop the Rocky Mountains, the Pyrenees Mountains, the Arctic, the Antarctic and throughout the world’s oceans and deserts — everywhere!” Even worse, because plastic is not biodegradable (that is, able to decompose because bacteria or other organisms consume it), it is going to stick around for centuries.

“Microplastics end up being ingested by small organisms which are in turn ingested by larger organisms such as fish and birds and via this route, plastic enters into our planet’s food web making its way up the food chain,” Crowley explained. “Microplastics and larger pieces of plastic are now commonly found filling the stomachs of fish, birds, whales, dolphins, seals and turtles, causing illness and mortality.”

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3 comments

  1. Pingback: What is microplastic anyway? Inside the insidious pollution that is absolutely everywhere | VikingLifeBlog – Additional survival tricks
  2. tonytran2015 · July 18

    Human beings are quick to point out that the dust particles from a meteoritic collision killed the dinosaurs. But they are very slow in realizing that their invention of plastic may create micro-particles that may be worse than dust particles from a meteoritic collision.

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