How do microplastics in the ocean accumulate?
Oceanographer Dr. Kara Lavender Law shows how small bits of plastic, called microplastics, accumulate across the Atlantic Ocean and tells us why scientists must understand how it gets there in the first place. Plastics, also called polymers, have enabled revolutionary changes to society, from enhancing safe medical care, to food storage, to everyday conveniences from your toothbrush to your TV. But the properties that make plastic advantageous, namely that it is cheap and sturdy, also pose challenges for how to dispose or repurpose plastics to keep them from entering the environment.
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