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"Remote polar seas" also contain large amounts of microplastics

"A study from researchers at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), Queen’s University Belfast and British Antarctic Survey, took samples from remote parts of the Antarctic Peninsular, South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands... The team discovered at least one particle of microplastic for every gram of sediment was found to be residing on the Antarctic seabed, similar to pollution rates other oceanic regions much closer to human activity and habitation. These were fragments, films, and fibres of the most commonly discarded polymers – polyester, polypropylene, and polystyrene – all often used in packaging."- Excerpt from British Antarctic Survey

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