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Highest recorded levels of microplastics found in UK river

by Futures Centre, Mar 14
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Research carried out by experts at the University of Manchester recorded the highest level of microplastic pollution at the River Tame in Denton, Greater Manchester, with more than half a million plastic particles per square metre. The team analysed sediments from 10 rivers within 20 km of Manchester, and took samples from 40 different sites, with microplastics being found in all parts of the river network that were studied. The study also showed that the major floods that occurred in the area in 2015-16 flushed 43 billion pieces of microplastic into the sea.


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