plastics and microplastics in sand on beaches and coasts of the Canary Islands

Microplastic

Earth can’t escape this one type of pollution

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It’s easy to see plastic pollution in the form of sea turtles eating plastic bags or a soda bottle floating down a river.

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But much of Earth’s plastic pollution is invisible to us. These are microplastics: Pieces of plastic less than 5 millimeters long.

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