Scientists have found on almost uninhabited islands of 414 million particles of plastic debris. He made the ocean currents

Cocos Islands, or Keeling Islands, are a group of 28 coral islands located in the Pacific Ocean and are

external territory of Australia. As of 2014, the population of the islands was 596 people, most of whom live in the capital, West Island.

The archipelago is located in a relatively largeremote from all continents, it is practically not visited by tourists. The researchers decided to use his example to evaluate how currents carry plastic waste in the ocean and where it ends up.

In total, during the study, scientists found onAbout 1 million plastic tubes, 300 thousand toothbrushes, several hundred thousand shoes and shale, as well as millions of plastic bags are in the Cocos Islands.

According to our estimates, only on these islandsThere are over 414 million pieces of plastic debris, weighing 238 tons. This is a very conservative estimate, since we did not study what is hidden on the beaches and shores at depths of more than 10 cm, and we simply could not get to the most polluted beaches.

Jennifer Lavers, University of Tasmania

Previously, scientists from Macquarie University found outthat ocean pollution with plastic has a negative - even death - effect on Prochlorococcus bacteria, which are responsible for up to 10% of all oxygen in the atmosphere.