Microplastics – Presence in Salt Marsh Sediments Studied

The abstract of a July 2021 Environmental Advances article by researchers with the Woods Hole, Massachusetts Marine Biological Laboratory, Massachusetts Amherst College, Illinois University of Chicago, Illinois Wheaton College and Tennessee Rhodes College https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2666765721000314?via%3Dihub reports that “… we demonstrate that salt marshes effectively capture microplastics in their sediments, and that microplastic accumulations increase with the level of urbanization of the land surrounding estuarine areas … their abundances increased markedly with the degree of urbanization … The sedimentary record confirmed that microplastics have been accumulating in these estuaries since the early 1950s, and their abundances have increased greatly in more recent years in response to the progressive urbanization of the watersheds and intensification of land uses. Our results highlight the role of salt marsh sediments as sinks for microplastics in the marine environment …” #Microplastics @MBLScience

Published by Jack Cooper

My LinkedIn profile is here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jack-cooper-21474b14/