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How do ocean currents affect plastic breakdown?

Posted on October 28 2012

Question submitted by Lewiston High School

Rather than the currents it is the UV rays of the sun and the wind and wave action in the currents that cause the breakdown of plastics to happen.  Scientists are also trying to understand the role that bacteria play in the breakdown of plastic.  They are asking questions about whether the microbes physically breakdown the plastic through growth, by metabolizing it, or a combination of both.