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Plastic Ocean

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By: Rachel Stern

Scientists don't fully understand the impacts of microplastics on ecosystems, and VIU faculty and students are on the cutting edge of research on the issue.

 

A rising tide of plastics are floating in the world’s waterways and amongst the debris is a hidden pollutant — microplastics.

Microplastics are smaller than five millimetres, but most are indiscernible to the human eye and require a microscope to see. Larger plastic debris can eventually break down into microplastics due to waves, wind and sun exposure, but the pollutant also exists as either microbeads or microfibres, which come from many consumer products, including clothing.

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