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What are Microplastics and Gyres?

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Published on May 5, 2019

The notion of an actual island of garbage floating in the ocean is a myth. Instead, what exists is more of a plastic smog. Plastic waste eventually makes it way from rivers and coastlines to the five churning gyres in our oceans. Over time, larger pieces of plastic are broken down by the sun's ultra-violet light, waves, and salt. This results in tiny pieces being created, which are referred to as microplastics. Waterborne chemicals from industry and agriculture stick to microplastics, making them tiny toxic pills - which are easily consumed by marine life, where the toxins are absorbed into tissue ... and eventually make their way into the human food chain.

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