Accumulation of microplastic on shorelines woldwide: sources and sinks.

  title={Accumulation of microplastic on shorelines woldwide: sources and sinks.},
  author={Mark Anthony Browne and Phillip Crump and Stewart J. Niven and Emma L. Teuten and Andrew Tonkin and Tamara S Galloway and Richard C. Thompson},
  journal={Environmental science \& technology},
  volume={45 21},
Plastic debris <1 mm (defined here as microplastic) is accumulating in marine habitats. Ingestion of microplastic provides a potential pathway for the transfer of pollutants, monomers, and plastic-additives to organisms with uncertain consequences for their health. Here, we show that microplastic contaminates the shorelines at 18 sites worldwide representing six continents from the poles to the equator, with more material in densely populated areas, but no clear relationship between the… 

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