The smallest hitchhikers | Scientific American


When scientists slid a one-cm-size sliver of plastic bag they’d fished out of the North Atlantic Ocean under a microscope (L image), it looked relatively clean and smooth. But when they zoomed in a few thousand times (R image), a new world appeared. Marine microbes, the ocean’s flagrant opportunists, had not only colonized the fragment; some of them appeared to be eating it. Read more about plastic as a drifting buffet for marine microbes in this story I wrote for Scientific American.