Supported by the Chilean navy, Think Ocean's Tom Warburton will travel to the white continent in the attempt
to become the youngest person to walk solo to the South Pole.
At the same time, Think Ocean will conduct a study across 700 miles of the Antarctic wilderness, collecting samples to be studied in the UK to measure the real impact of plastic
pollution in the continent.
Until now Antarctica was seen as a pristine and untouched wilderness with relatively little plastic pollution, but the opposite is true. According to a recently published study
the quantity of microplastics in the waters around Antarctica are five times greater that presumed up to now.
The Antarctic Ocean covers around 8.5 million square kilometers and represents 5.4% of the earth’s oceans. The marine ecosystem is vulnerable. Krill (small shrimp like animals) make up a large and important component for whales, seals and penguins inhabiting this area. Krill which mistakes microplastics for food are a potentially poisonous source of food.
British researchers have studied all available information about the flow or microplastics to the Antarctic Sea. They have calculated that up to 500 kilos of microbeads from personal care products and 25.5 billion synthetic fibers enter the waters per decade as a result of tourism, fishing and scientific activities in the area. It is unknown whether microplastics flow there from other oceans.
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