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Investigating the impact of microplastics

​Introducing the issue of marine plastics and its impact

Science under sail

An insight into field sampling techniques for plastics

Science in the lab

Find out how scientists investigate the impact of plastics

Science and society

How can science help understand the impact of plastics?

Images & slideshows


How toxins build up through the food web

Sources of microplastics

Where do microplastics come from?

Beach litter

What rubbish do we find on the world’s beaches?

Microplastics lab work

Find what takes place in a marine plastics lab

Marine plastic pollution

Understand some of the impacts of marine plastics


Plankton, Plastics and Poo Science 14 - 16


Lesson 7.

How can you make sure your discoveries have an impact?

Lesson 6.

Do zooplankton eat microplastics? (Conclusion)

Lesson 5.

Do zooplankton eat microplastics? (Experiment set-up)

Lesson 4.

Do zooplankton and microplastics occur together?

Lesson 3.

What are microplastics and where do they come from?

Lesson 2.

How can humans affect the marine environment?

Lesson 1.

Why should we care about zooplankton?

Lesson 9.

The Pacific Ocean and plastic pollution with Jo Royle

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