What happens to microplastics in the ocean?

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British scientists have identified the highest levels of microplastics ever recorded on the seabed.

The contamination was found in sediments from the bottom of the Mediterranean, off the coast of Italy.

The analysis, conducted by the University of Manchester, counted up to 1.9 million plastic parts per square meter.

This is one of the first pieces of information about the fate of the 10 million tonnes of plastic waste that should enter the ocean each year.

Digital video of Victoria Gill and David Cheeseman

Read more: A high concentration of microplastics at the bottom of the ocean

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