Plastic does not easily decompose. That darn plastic bag can move many thousands of miles. The sea bed in the Arctic deep sea is increasingly strewn with litter and plastic waste as reported in the advance online publication of the scientific journal Marine Pollution Bulletin by Dr. Melanie Bergmann, biologist and deep-sea expert at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association. The quantities of waste observed at the AWI deep-sea observatory HAUSGARTEN are even higher than those found in a deep-sea canyon near the Portuguese capital Lisbon.
- Biologists record increasing amounts of plastic litter in the Arctic deep sea (eurekalert.org)
- Increasing Amounts Of Plastic Trash Being Found In The Arctic Deep Sea (planetsave.com)
- Biologists record increasing amounts of plastic litter in the Arctic deep sea: studies confirm that twice as much marine debris is lying on the seabed today compared to ten years ago (environmentalresearchweb.org)
- Arctic Trash Doubled in Past Decade: Study (theepochtimes.com)
- Shrinking sea ice affecting Arctic Ocean top to bottom (summitcountyvoice.com)
- Ancient Origin of the Modern Deep-Sea Fauna (plosone.org)