Measuring the Impact of Microplastics on Fresh Water
Microplastics (or plastic particles that are smaller than 5 mm) have also been acknowledged as a truly ubiquitous contaminant in recent years. Studies demonstrating the presence of microplastics in freshwater rivers, lakes and in atmospheric deposition have shown that microplastics don’t just affect oceans, and therefore need to be researched in freshwater environments.
In 2019, researchers at IISD Experimental Lakes Area are monitoring a remote lake (Lake 378) for microplastics—all with the ultimate goal of manipulating a lake in a few years to discover how the lake and its inhabitants respond to microplastics.
Click here to read a short blog post about the threat that microplastics pose to our environment.
This research project is led by researchers from the University of Toronto, Lakehead University and Queen’s University.
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