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Microplastics
microplastics

Microplastics are small plastic pieces less than five millimeters long which can be harmful to our ocean and aquatic life. [source](https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/microplastics.html) Lead image from @maxliboiron's [work](/questions/maxliboiron/07-19-2018/how-to-analyze-plastics-forensically) The "[BabyLegs](/wiki/babylegs)" trawl designed by @maxliboiron is a scientifically rigorous way to collect samples of microplastics out of water, for inspection with a [microscope](/micro). ###Questions [questions:microplastics] ###Activities [activities:microplastics] ###Research notes [notes:microplastics]...


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jlev "Thanks @amirberAgain. I've contacted my friend at Greenpeace and asked him for some more images with less overlap and a wider array of lighting con..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
amirberAgain "Code: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HDekiO0l9DEmSBmbWBVOEEPvSkys6AUa/view?usp=sharing " | Read more » over 4 years ago
amirberAgain "I tried to apply the same simplistic approach as was in the particle image. Not sure why, but Sobel didn't work, but Canny did. Other than that - t..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
amirberAgain "Could you upload a few more image samples? Is it possible to ask that the samples be illuminated from a wide light source such that shade will be k..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "What might be the processing steps, to try to break this down? Could they look like some of the steps @SimonPyle, @AmberWise, @damarquis and @amirb..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "Ooh! @maxliboiron maybe you know something about this? I have to dig through some old emails to find someone else who's mentioned this to me too. " | Read more » over 4 years ago
kgradow1 "How big are the particles? I know very little about microplastics but I found this great reference sheet: http://www.ccb.se/documents/Postkod201..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "@maxliboiron would know! https://civiclaboratory.nl/category/technologies/ I wonder what microns per pixel resolution is needed? " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
cfastie "If you collect all the water expelled while a laundry machine washes a load of clothes, all of the synthetic material will be in the water. If you ..." | Read more » almost 6 years ago
warren "Hi! How small are these? How strong a microscope would be required? I'm curious if some of the stuff in the passive pm project could be relevant? h..." | Read more » almost 6 years ago
Annmarie "Hi @Johudson1 - I am very interested in this topic as well. Did you get any response regarding lab space or other interested parties to help cond..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
Wheels "Hi Joshua. I am working in the Plastic Waste reduction industry, so if you have questions, ask away. Firstly though, there are as many Myths re pro..." | Read more » over 7 years ago