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By Ian Withrow
UM News Service 

UM Researchers Find Rivers Retain More Plastic Debris Than Previously Thought

 

January 23, 2019

Heather Fraley

LBS visiting researcher Xiong Xiong collects samples to look for microplastics in Flathead Lake.

FLATHEAD LAKE – Each year, scientists estimate up to 4 million tons of plastic debris are transported from rivers to oceans all across the globe. It was long thought that most microplastics found in river systems would eventually make their way into the oceans. However, new research by scientists at the University of Montana's Flathead Lake Biological Station has determined that more micropla...



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