Tag: Mediterranean

Opinion: Ocean Wastelands

May 5, 2020 By Jordi Boada oceanographic
Deserts are among the most impressive landscapes on earth. The loneliness and vastness of terrestrial deserts have attracted explorers since ancient times, succumbing to their bleakness. But I never imagined deserts like this could exist underneath the surface of the ocean.

‘Microplastic Hot Spots’ Are Tainting Deep-Sea Ecosystems

April 30, 2020 By Matt Simon Wired
Off the coasts of Corsica and Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea swirls an omnipresent yet vanishingly small menace: microplastics. By this point, it comes as no surprise to scientists that they would find the tiny bits of plastic in seafloor sediments—last year researchers found them in samples off the coast of Southern California. But in the Mediterranean, the sheer concentration of them is astounding.