Microplastics thought to enter the Atmosphere through Sea Spray

According to a May 12, 2020 report published in PLOS One by researchers with the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK and others https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0232746 “… Current plastic pollutant research has generally assumed that once plastics enter the ocean they are there to stay, retained permanently within the ocean currents, biota or sediment until eventual deposition on the sea floor or become washed up onto the beach … some plastic particles could be leaving the sea and entering the atmosphere … via the process of bubble burst ejection and wave action … we review evidence from the existing literature … and follow this with a pilot study which analyses microplastics (MP) in sea spray. Here we show first evidence of MP particles … in marine boundary layer air samples … Our results indicate a potential for MPs to be released from the marine environment into the atmosphere by sea-spray …” #PlasticWaste #MicroPlastics