sediment flow

New insights into the transportation of microplastics across the deep seafloor

Turbidity currents transport coastal microplastics from shelf to deep-sea.

National Oceanography Centre (NOC) research has revealed for the first time how submarine sediment avalanches can transport microplastics from land into the deep ocean.

The study also revealed that these flows are responsible for sorting different types of microplastics – burying some, and moving others vast distances across the sea floor.