This infographic is the outcome of the National Park Beaches Study on Quantification of Microplastics, which was the culmination of a project sponsored by the NOAA Marine Debris Program and led by the National Park Service and Clemson University. Check out the study for more detailed details.
Microplastics on Beaches in the National Park National Park Service and Clemson University have joined up with the NOAA Marine Debris System to collect and study beach sediments in order to determine the prevalence and distribution of microplastics and microfibers in the United States. Beaches in the National Park. This was a 'snapshot' analysis and one sample point in time is based on the findings.
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37 beaches were tested in 35 Ocean and Great Lakes National Parks , Museums, Seashores, and Recreation Areas. In all 37 beaches microplastics and microfibers have been found. Loads of microplastics varied between sites. Throughout the Great Lakes and Pacific Islands, beaches with the most microplastics were found at individual beaches.
There were 6 beaches where found microbeads. Fragments of microplastic have been found at 15 beaches. Microfibers accounted for 97 per cent of debris by count. The average number of microplastics ranged from 21.3 per kg of sand to 221.3 bits. One kg weighs almost the same as a bag of flour.
infographic by: marinedebris.noaa.gov