Microplastics: an introduction to environmental transport processes

Horton, Alice A. ORCID:; Dixon, Simon J.. 2018 Microplastics: an introduction to environmental transport processes. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, 5 (2), e1268. 10, pp.

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Microplastic pollution is widespread across the globe, pervading land, water, and air. These environments are commonly considered independently, however, in reality these are closely linked. This review gives an overview of the background knowledge surrounding sources, fate and transport of microplastics within the environment. We introduce a new “Plastic Cycle” concept in order to better understand the processes influencing flux and retention of microplastics between and across the wide range of environmental matrices. As microplastics are a pervasive, persistent and potentially harmful pollutant, an understanding of these processes will allow for assessment of exposure to better determine the likely long‐term ecological and human health implications of microplastic pollution.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pollution (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 2049-1948
Additional Keywords: Microplastics, Plastics, Debris, plastic pollution, plastic cycle, sediment, soil, freshwater, fate
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 22 Mar 2018 12:56 +0 (UTC)

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