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Plastic currents

Discarded plastic moving around the ocean – on the surface, in the water column and on the sea floor – sometimes comes to rest. The geographical distribution of marine plastic debris is strongly influenced by the entry points and the different transport pathways, which are in turn determined by the density of plastic debris coupled with prevailing currents, wind and waves (Rech et al., 2014).

Year: 2016

From collection: Marine Litter Vital Graphics

Cartographer: GRID-Arendal and Maphoto/Riccardo Pravettoni

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