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Do ocean currents and plastic removal from one area affect the amount of plastic in another area?

Posted on October 26 2012

Question submitted by Falmouth Academy

We are collecting such a minute amount of plastic in the small areas we sample that it probably does not affect the amount of plastic we collect in another area.  You are right on target thinking about wind and ocean currents transporting plastic—this is the primary way that plastic is transported at the sea surface!