Library EventECO Film Discussion: Oceans – The Mystery of the Missing Plastic (2016)

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

07/29/2020 7:00pm 07/29/2020 8:00pm ECO Film Discussion: Oceans – The Mystery of the Missing Plastic (2016) Join ICPL staff and members of Environment Iowa and Green Iowa AmeriCorps for a discussion of the film Oceans - The Mystery of the Missing Plastic (2016). This 2016 documentary is available FREE with your library card on Kanopy.com. Watch it at your leisure and join us for a discussion. Registration is required and you'll receive a reminder email the afternoon before the event with details on how to join us online. 99% of the plastic that should be floating in the oceans is missing. Even accounting for the plastic that washes up on beaches or is trapped in arctic ice, millions of tons has simply disappeared. As most plastic never deteriorates, it simply breaks down into smaller and smaller particles that are invisible to the human eye, what happens to this missing ocean plastic is a mystery. In this investigation, scientists embark in search of the micro-plastics. Small, mostly invisible, toxic, they are home to a new ecosystem: the plastisphere. But where are they? Ingested by organisms? Buried under the ocean floor? Degraded by bacteria? And what is the impact of them entering the food chain? Iowa City Public Library Iowa City Public Library America/Chicago public

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Join ICPL staff and members of Environment Iowa and Green Iowa AmeriCorps for a discussion of the film Oceans - The Mystery of the Missing Plastic (2016).

This 2016 documentary is available FREE with your library card on Kanopy.com. Watch it at your leisure and join us for a discussion. Registration is required and you'll receive a reminder email the afternoon before the event with details on how to join us online.

99% of the plastic that should be floating in the oceans is missing. Even accounting for the plastic that washes up on beaches or is trapped in arctic ice, millions of tons has simply disappeared.

As most plastic never deteriorates, it simply breaks down into smaller and smaller particles that are invisible to the human eye, what happens to this missing ocean plastic is a mystery. In this investigation, scientists embark in search of the micro-plastics. Small, mostly invisible, toxic, they are home to a new ecosystem: the plastisphere. But where are they? Ingested by organisms? Buried under the ocean floor? Degraded by bacteria? And what is the impact of them entering the food chain?

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