Know your Ocean Science Chats: WHOI Microplastics in the Ocean: Fact or Frenzy?

Presents Mark Hahn, Biology Department. Microplastics—small pieces of plastic less than a quarter inch in diameter—are the latest ocean pollutants to raise concern among scientists and the public. Reports about micro-plastics appear almost daily in the news, and research on microplastics has exploded. Yet we still don’t have answers to many of the most fundamental questions about these pollutants. What are the major sources of microplastics? Where do they go once they enter the ocean? How do they impact marine life? Are they a threat to human health? What is being done about microplastics in the ocean? Learn about WHOI’s Marine Microplastics Initiative and how oceanographic studies can help us better understand—and ultimately solve—this emerging problem.
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Location:

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - Ocean Science Discovery Center
15 School Street
Woods Hole , MA
Event Dates & Times: 
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 3:00pm
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Talks
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