Galapagos Plastic Free

Understanding ocean plastics

A physicist’s odyssey through puzzling paperwork

By Nieske Vergunst To help park rangers on the Galapagos Islands clean up plastic that washes up on shore, Stefanie Ypma (postdoc at IMAU) uses floating sensors called ‘drifters’ to create a model of the complicated ocean currents in and around the archipelago. But getting those drifters into the ocean turned out to be anunexpectedly…

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The journey of a plastic dot

A quick search through your garbage bin at home will likely tell you, unsurprisingly, that a lot of your waste consists of plastic. These pieces all have a different shape, a different size, a different sturdiness. This is what makes plastic such a valuable (while being cheap) material. Its manufacturing is extremely flexible, which allows…

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