Golf Ball Degradation Stages
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After observing the collected 40,000 golf balls, we recognized evidence of physical, and biological degradation. In seawater golf balls are slightly negatively buoyant, which causes them to be easily displaced and tumbled underwater and in the surf zone. The oceans movement via tides, swells, and currents is responsible for wearing the synthetic materials off a golf ball and into the ocean. Essentially the ocean acts as a massive rock tumbler, which causes the golf balls to slowly wear down over time. The byproduct of this degradation is a tiny micro plastic released into the ocean off the surface of the golf balls. In the process of our research study we sorted golf balls into five different stages in order to understand distribution patterns, where new balls are entering, where golf balls seem to aggregate, and estimate how long it takes for a golf ball to break down. Below are photos of the golf ball break down process.