30 Apr '18, 3pm

Microplastics Pollute Rivers and Lakes, Too

Microplastics Pollute Rivers and Lakes, Too

By Kennedy Bucci and Chelsea Rochman When you think of microplastic pollution, plastic debris less than five millimeters in size, you likely envision the ocean—probably because ocean gyres gained notoriety for being a microplastic soup . But what about our lakes, rivers , forests and fields? They can be just as contaminated with microplastic debris as the oceans . Until recently, these environments were described as conduits—ways for plastics to get to the oceans. But now we're seeing rivers, lakes and soil in a different light, as reservoirs for plastic particles. We now know that agricultural land , surface waters , freshwater lakes and river sediments are also contaminated. In the past five years, researchers have started to study the sources, fates and effects of microplastics in freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems, but only a handful of studies have been done so far...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/microplastics-rivers-lakes-25646...

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