A dangerous microplastic rainbow and more art by EOMAR - Alicia Herrera Ulibarri

A dangerous microplastic rainbow

These samples were collected, after a storm. Maximum values of more than 300 gr/m2 of sand were found on Famara beach. In the samples collected, 44% were pellets, virgin raw material for the manufacture of plastic objects. The distribution of plastic debris is very patchy at sea for a variety of reasons, including local wind and current conditions, coastline geography and the points of entry into the system such as urban areas and trade routes. Large pieces of plastic debris (referred as macroplastics) break down into numerous small plastic fragments.

Famara beach, Canary Islands (Spain)

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