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Pollution, Climate Change & other anthropogenic effects on Biosphere

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Just ten rivers are responsible for up to 95% of all river-borne plastic trash that ends up in the sea. 



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As this map shows, eight of the rivers are in Asia.



Four are solely in China:
  • The Yangtze, which flows into the East China Sea.
  • The Hai He and the Yellow River, both debouching in the Yellow Sea. 
  • The Pearl River, going into the South China Sea.


Two others closely involve China:
  • The Amur rises in Russia and flows into the Sea of Okhotsk, but for a large part of its course forms the border with China (where it’s called Heilong Jang). 
  • The Mekong rises in China, but touches or crosses Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam on its way to the South China Sea.


Two flow through the Indian subcontinent:
  • The Indus, which rises in China and crosses India, but mainly runs through Pakistan, ending in the Arabian Sea.
  • The Ganges, flowing through India and Bangladesh, into the Bay of Bengal.


The two non-Asian rivers are both in Africa:
  • The Nile, with two sources in Ethiopia (Blue Nile) and Rwanda (White Nile) and flowing through Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt towards the Mediterranean. 
  • The Niger, rising in Guinea and flowing through Mali, Niger, Benin and Nigeria into the Gulf of Guinea.

https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/these-10-rivers-carry-95-of-all-plastic-into-the-ocean
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