Altantic home to widespread floating plastic debris
Washington: An expanse of the western North Atlantic Ocean has become home to high concentrations of floating plastic debris.
More than 64,000 plastic pieces were collected at 6,100 locations that were sampled yearly over the course of the study.
The study, based on data collected for over 22 years, was conducted by a team from Sea Education Association (SEA), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the University of Hawaii (UH), reports the journal Science.
SEA scientist Kara Lavender Law, who led the study, said: "This important data set provides the first rigorous scientific estimate of the extent and amount of floating plastic at an ocean-basin scale."
"The data also confirms that basic ocean physics explains why the plastic accumulates in this region so far from shore," said Law, according to a SEA statement.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Indian Army conducts surgical strikes across LoC: Watch DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh's PC
- Indian Army surgical strike: Pak rejects claim, says 2 soldiers killed
- Indian Army targets terror camps across LoC; Pak PM Sharif condemns
- Indian Army avenges Uri with surgical strikes across LoC, heavy casualties
- Exclusive: This is what Kashmir's stone pelters have to say!
- SETBACK! Sedition case against 200 Congress workers for shouting 'Pakistan Zindabad' slogans during rally for Uri martyrs
- What is surgical strike and how it is conducted - MUST KNOW for every Indian
- SALUTE! Brave Indian army commandos give befitting reply to Pak-sponsored terrorists
- US NSA Susan Rice calls Ajit Doval, says 'expect Pakistan to take action against terror’
- Did Arvind Kejriwal tweet in favour of Pakistan over Uri attacks? Here is what Twitter says