Microplastics in the deep sea

We have all heard the phrase: 'We know more about the surface of the moon than the deep sea'. Unfortunately, this is not an exaggeration: the deep sea is the largest ecosystem on Earth, but also one of the least studied despite it harbouring a high biodiversity and a wealth of resources. Sadly, the deep seafloor is still, for most people, out of sight and therefore out of mind. This has encouraged the dumping of waste of all sorts into deep waters. More and more reports have been published that demonstrate the large presence of plastic litter in the deep sea: the seafloor of the Mediterranean, Atlantic canyons and even Arctic waters are covered with plastic litter. Now, for the first time ever, microplastics were recorded in deep-sea sediments originating from several locations worldwide. Read more about this research here