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Human health impacts of marine plastic waste

The mismanagement of waste has led to microplastic contamination of the whole marine environment, from the shore to the deepest ocean sediments (e.g. Ryan et al. 2009; Woodall et al. 2014). These microplastic particles can adsorb and transport contaminants from the surrounding environment, adding to the many chemical additives that are incorporated during the production of the plastic. Marine organisms can ingest this plastic directly, or by consuming other organisms that contain plastic.

Year: 2021

From collection: Drowning in Plastics: Marine Litter and Plastic Waste Vital Graphics

Cartographer: GRID-Arendal/Studio Atlantis

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