First of Its Kind Map Reveals Extent of Ocean Plastic
New Maps Document Floating Plastic Trash
Tens of thousands of tons of plastic garbage float on the surface waters in the world’s oceans, according to researchers who mapped giant accumulation zones of trash in all five subtropical ocean gyres. Ocean currents act as “conveyor belts,” researchers say, carrying debris into massive convergence zones that are estimated to contain millions of plastic items per square kilometer in their inner cores.
Map shows plastic debris in surface water of world’s oceans. Created in-house by Jamie Hawk (Ryan Morris).
NG STAFF, JAMIE HAWK. SOURCE: ANDRÉS COZAR, UNIVERSITY OF CÁDIZ, SPAIN