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Microplastics: How Do They Spread?

Underwater shot of microplastics surrounding fish.
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From remote and pristine regions of the Pyrenees to the deep-sea floor, small fragments of plastic can be found the world over. With such a broad geographic spread, these microplastics – the umbrella term given to tiny plastic particles or fibers typically measuring less than 5 mm – have become ubiquitous in the modern world.

Since the health effects of microplastics are still not fully understood and our soil, waterways and the air around us are potential sources of microplastic contamination, there is a growing need to identify cases of serious contamination and stop the continued spread of microplastics.

Download this listicle to explore:

    • The routes of microplastic contamination
    • How microplastics can be detected
    • Remediation techniques
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