This video shows the flow of plastics through 10 key rivers, with the largest amount of plastic found in China’s Yangtze River.
Microplastics, tiny pieces of plastic less than 5 millimeters across, now show up in places as remote as Arctic sea ice and the deep sea, more than 1,000 feet below the surface of the ocean. Much of that plastic is reaching the ocean by flowing through rivers—and the largest rivers in densely populated areas are most to blame. A visualization from data artist Dan McCarey shows the estimated flow through 10 key rivers, with the largest amount of plastic in the Yangtze River in China.
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