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Sampling, Sorting, and Characterizing Microplastics in Aquatic Environments with High Suspended Sediment Loads and Large Floating Debris
 

Sampling, Sorting, and Characterizing Microplastics in Aquatic Environments with High Suspended Sediment Loads and Large Floating Debris

Article DOI: 10.3791/57969-v 05:31 min July 28th, 2018
July 28th, 2018

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Most microplastic research to date has occurred in marine systems where suspended solid levels are relatively low. Focus is now shifting to freshwater systems, which may feature high sediment loads and floating debris. This protocol addresses collecting and analyzing microplastic samples from aquatic environments that contain high suspended solid loads.

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Keywords: Microplastics Aquatic Environments Suspended Sediment Floating Debris Filtration Sampling Sorting Characterization Rivers Sediment Loads Cellulose Ester Membrane Filter Vacuum Pump Graduated Cylinder Deionized Water Sieve Petri Dish Drying
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