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Arctic Ice Melt Could Unlock Trillions of Frozen Microplastics

Marine debris in the Arctic

Marine debris in Norway. (Photo: Bo Eide / Flickr Creative Commons)

Out of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic created in 2012, nearly 10 percent of it ended up in oceans, according to That trash has to go somewhere — washing onto coastlines and estuaries, or floating in the vast ocean. You may have heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area within the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre where an enormous amount of trash circulates.

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