The Ocean Is Full Of Nurdles, And It's Our Fault

Nurdles may be small, but their impact on the ocean and its life is huge. They can poison marine animals or cause them to choke, as well as absorb diffuse toxins until they become highly concentrated, thereby introducing poisonous masses into the food chain. Nurdles and other kinds of plastic make up the majority of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. (Contrary to popular belief, the patch is not a huge, floating clump of garbage that one could step on, but a wide area in which microplastics and other trash gathers.)

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Massive rotating ocean currents called gyres are responsible for gathering debris into large garbage patches. 00:23

  2. 80% of all the trash in the ocean is plastic, even though only 10% of our plastic trash ends up in the ocean. 01:37

  3. It would take 67 trawlers a full year to clean up 1% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. 03:25

Written by Curiosity Staff December 16, 2015

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