13 Mar '18, 5pm

First-of-its-Kind Study Points to Higher Levels of Ocean Microplastics

First-of-its-Kind Study Points to Higher Levels of Ocean Microplastics

First-of-its-Kind Study Points to Higher Levels of Ocean Microplastics Scientists and environmentalists have raised the alarm about microplastics polluting our oceans. Now, researchers at the University of Manchester have revealed more details of how they might get there. The first ever catchment-wide microplastic study, published March 12 in Nature Geoscience , assessed microplastic contamination in the sediments of river beds along 40 sites in northwest England. Researchers discovered microplastics in every river bed they studied. But when they returned to the sites after a period of extensive flooding, they found that 70 percent of the microplastics had been washed out to sea. A graphic, published in the study, shows the concentration of microplastics and microbeads before and after flooding. Nature Geoscience "We are only beginning to understand the extent of the micro...

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