It estimated that 550,000 tonnes of particles smaller than 0.01mm are deposited each year, with almost half ending up in the ocean. More than 80,000 tonnes fall on remote ice- and snow-covered areas and may increase melting as the dark particles absorb the sun’s heat.
Car tyres are major source of ocean microplastics – study | The Guardian
Damian Carrington. More than 200,000 tonnes of tiny plastic particles are blown from roads into the oceans every year, according to research.