Mapping the World’s Migrating Ocean Pollution - CityLab
You sling a message in a bottle into the vast Pacific Ocean. The ocean is huge, you reason, high on romanticism and not considering your contribution to pollution. It could wind up anywhere, you think.
Researchers from the University of South Wales in Australia, however, recently monitored the direction and speed of ocean swells over a 48-month period. Those figures were then correlated with data showing the areas that accumulated the greatest pollution density—known as “basins of attraction.” The study, published by the American Institute of Physics, indicates that the world’s bodies of water are far less connected than one might presume.