Ocean depths turned into "bins" for plastic wastes
Plastic waste is highly polluting, and this process is very difficult to stop. Researchers from Newcastle University in the UK found that the non-degradable waste is not only on the surface of the Earth, but in the depths of the ocean. Not only do the garbage simply accumulates at the bottom, so he also gets into the digestive system of inhabitants of the deep. Opening very alarmed researchers as plastic waste have already caused the deaths of many sea turtles, and even a huge whale.
The study was conducted in the waters of Japan, Kermadec and other parts of the world where there are underwater crevice depth of thousands of meters. With the help of the sampling equipment, scientists have brought to the surface many small inhabitants of the deep. They took 90 animals and tested them for the presence of the digestive system of plastic. It is noteworthy that they checked the final part of the digestive tract to prevent the recent ingestion on the way to the surface.
Plastic was found in the intestines of 72% of the animals - the deeper they live, the more waste they swallow. For example, in the Challenger Deep depth of 10,890 meters of plastic was found in 100% of living beings. The most common garbage were cellulose fibers, widely used in clothing. The researchers also found a nylon, polyethylene and polyamide. The researchers concluded that the ocean depth is the end point for plastic waste emitted by people - they have nowhere else to go. According to the marine scientist Alan Jamieson, debris from the river can be washed with clean water and dirt from the shorelines cleaned tides. In the end, all the waste are at the bottom of the oceans.
Unfortunately, mankind has poor cope with a decrease in the amount of ejected plastic. A study in 2017 showed that 1950 people make 8, 3 billion tons of plastic, and 6, 3 billion of this mass was ejected into the environment.
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