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She found microplastics in a local water sample. Here’s what she did about it.

Five years ago, when marine research scientist Abby Bowers looked through her microscope at a local water sample, she saw a bunch of multicolored pieces of plastic. Image via Science Sandbox. These strands of plastic were less than 5 millimeters in length — smaller than the average sesame seed — and were what scientists call “microplastics.” “Seeing all these technicolored pieces of plastic led me to think of all these larger questions,” says Abby. “How is it affecting the ocean? Our drinking water? Are microplastics everywhere?” Abby Bowers. Image via…

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