Tiny plastic, big problem

Scientists find that tiny pieces of plastic travel great distances, threatening the ocean ecosystem

Pieces of plastic float here in ocean water. This pollution is a growing problem, and not just because it’s ugly: Plastic can kill many kinds of marine life.

Plastic bottles lying in the gutter. Grocery bags tangled in branches. Food wrappers scuttling across the ground on a windy day. Although such examples of litter easily come to mind, they only hint at the serious and growing problem of plastic pollution — a problem mostly hidden from view.

The problem with plastics is they do not easily degrade. They may break down, but only into smaller pieces. The smaller those pieces get, the more places they can go.

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