A new study has demonstrated how sediment flows in the ocean can shift microplastic waste into the deep ocean

Millions of tons of plastic waste washes into the world's oceans each year, but a new study has revealed that it doesn’t all move through the water in the same way. Scientists investigating the movement of submarine sediment have found that so-called underwater avalanches are driving microplastics into the deep ocean, a finding that may help researchers better map the distribution of waste throughout the marine environment and enable the identification of future "microplastic hotspots" that could be targeted for study.

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