35,000 Tons Of Plastic Debris Is Floating In Open Ocean, Study Estimates

July 1, 2014 3:19 PM

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Up to 35,000 tons of plastic junk might be floating widely on the world's oceans, according to a new study.

The study based its results from data obtained from an around-the-world cruise that towed a mesh net at 141 sites. Researchers estimated the total amount of floating plastic debris in open ocean at 7,000 to 35,000 tons.

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