Scientists link Melting of Arctic Ice to Trillions of Plastic Pieces in Oceans

May 27, 2014 11:33 AM

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Scientists link Melting of Arctic Ice to Trillions of Plastic Pieces in Oceans

The frozen water of arctic contains an unusual component with an incredible density. The component comprises tiny plastic beads and fibers. It is collectively called as micro plastic and the melting of the ice will release them into the ocean. Researchers studied random samples and came to the conclusion that most of the ice in the area contains a similar density of micro plastics.

If the melting of the arctic ice happens then as much as a trillion pieces of plastic will enter the ocean. The issue has become a serious concern for scientists because alarms have been already raised about a quickly melting sheet of Antarctic ice known as the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

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