Two types of plastic pollution found in Mediterranean for first time – New Scientist

Blue crusts made from plastic found in Giglio

Blue crusts made from plastic found in Giglio

Sonja M. Ehlers

The discovery of two new types of plastic pollution in the Mediterranean for the first time suggests plastic contamination may be more widespread along coastlines than we realised.

Plasticrust and pyroplastics were spotted on the Italian island of Giglio off the Tuscan coast. It is possible that wildlife may be eating the material.

Plasticrust is, as the name suggests, a layer of plastic crust. It forms on rocks when plastic in the ocean is mechanically worn down by waves rubbing it over rocky outcrops, leading to small particles getting …

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