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  • Videos, 8 minutes, 59 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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YouTube Video

Why 99% of Ocean Plastic Pollution is "Missing"

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  • This video describes the reservoirs of plastic in the ocean: garbage patches, coastlines, seafloor microplastics, and seafloor macroplastics.
  • Viewers are left with actions they can take to address the global oceanic plastic problem such as beach clean-ups, recycling and reducing the use of plastic.
Teaching Tips


  • This video uncovers an enormous environmental challenge that is not always visibly apparent to individuals, especially those who live far from coastlines.
  • The video provides nice graphs and images to help students understand the marine plastic debris problem.
  • Scientific methods for measuring ocean plastic are described, and solutions to mitigate plastic pollution are discussed.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the concepts of macro- and micro- to understand the plastic pollution issue.
  • Students should be reminded that plastic production and use is a recent phenomenon of the past century.


Scientist Notes
This resource is a 9-minute video that examines the fate of plastic pollution in our oceans. The resource examines the types of pollution found in the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch and looks at differences between microplastic and macroplastic pollution. The resource concludes with some actions we all can take to reduce plastic pollution. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 6.ESS3.3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • 8.ESS3.4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS.ETS1.4 Use a computer simulation to model the impact of proposed solutions to a complex real-world problem with numerous criteria and constraints on interactions within and between systems relevant to the problem.
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