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Andrea Stolte

The detection of microplastics in beach sediments : extraction methods, biases, and results from samples along the German Baltic coast

Universität Rostock, 2015

Abstract: The spatial and temporal variations of microplastic concentrations in beach sediments at the German Baltic coast are investigated. A total of 11 locations were sampled in the Rostock area, on Ruegen island, in the Oder / Peene estuary, and in the North Sea Jade Bay. Microplastic particle and fibre concentrations were in the range 0-11 coloured pieces/kg sediment, with typical numbers of 1-3 particles/kg. Industrial and urban river discharge, fishing activity, and tourism are identified as the most likely sources for the observed microplastic contaminations.

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