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Biological oceanographer Jennifer Brandon found some of the tiniest countable microplastics in surface seawater at much higher concentrations than previously measured. Her method unveiled that the traditional way of counting marine microplastics is likely missing the smallest particles, suggesting the number of measured microplastics in the ocean is off by five to seven orders of magnitude.

On average, Brandon estimates the ocean is contaminated by 8.3 million pieces of so-called mini-microplastics per cubic meter of water. Previous studies measuring larger pieces of plastic found only 10 pieces per cubic meter.

mocachinno 3 years ago

The real issue is we simply don’t know what it’s doing to our bodies yet. It’s now in our water, our air, and our soil. We are breathing it, and eating it every single day. That could end up creating problems we haven’t even begun to understand yet. Not to mention the impact it’s having on every other organism in the world. We know fish and wildlife eat large pieces and die, but what happens when the micro particles make it into their reproductive organs?