Microplastic particles in North Sea sediments 2015

Contents and composition of microplastic particles have been analysed in ten sediment samples from the Danish part of the open North Sea in 2015. The contents of microplastic particles in the size range 20-5000 μm were determined to be in the range of 192-675 particles per kg dry weight sediment, dominated by blue and blackcoloured particles, mainly as fibres, and particle sizes < 300 μm were dominating.

Jakob Strand and Zhanna Tairova, Aarhus University, DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, n° 178, 2016

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