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Study of 35 US NPs finds highest concentration of micro-sized plastics in Apostle Islands NL

A recent study of 35 national parks found the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore had the highest concentration of microplastics.

The National Park Service teamed up with South Carolina’s Clemson University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program in 2015 for the two-year study. Park service staff and volunteers collected samples from 37 coastal beaches, according to the study’s lead author Stefanie Whitmire, research scientist with the Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science at Clemson University.


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