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Microplastics

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Microplastics are small plastic pieces less than five millimeters long which can be harmful to our ocean and aquatic life. source

Lead image from @maxliboiron's work

The "BabyLegs" trawl designed by @maxliboiron is a scientifically rigorous way to collect samples of microplastics out of water, for inspection with a microscope.

Questions

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
Will high turbidity levels affect the babylegs trawl? @stevie almost 2 years ago 1
What are ways we could model the absorption of chemicals by plastic waste? @mimiss about 2 years ago 1
How many squid should I dissect to determine the average amount of micro plastics in squid guts? @plasticsquid about 2 years ago 3
Analysis of microplastics: are there platforms or support for this work? @Bronwen almost 3 years ago 1
What are rope sourcing tips for making a BabyLegs trawl? @warren almost 3 years ago 4
What do I do with microplastics after being collected? @warren almost 3 years ago 4
Can i make a microplastic filter by just putting a nylon over the drain of my washing machine? @hikinghack about 3 years ago 4
Can the Community Microscope analyze ocean microplastics? @jiteovien almost 4 years ago 7
How to process microplastic samples from a trawl @maxliboiron almost 4 years ago 0
Can plastic trawls be used in rivers? @warren almost 4 years ago 3
Can you detect pvc microplastics with a nvdi camera? @Ag8n about 4 years ago 5
Has anyone experienced measuring and analyzing microplastics? @niklasjordan about 4 years ago 4
How can I identify bits of plastic from the beach in an image? @jlev almost 4 years ago 17
Could the Raspberry Pi Microscope be used for looking at microplastics found in ocean water? @stevie almost 4 years ago 5
looking for ideas to detect/remove micro-beads/micro-fibers in water @vibhor over 5 years ago 2

Activities


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Research notes

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
Will high turbidity levels affect the babylegs trawl? @stevie almost 2 years ago 1
Call on Monitoring for Microplastics @stevie almost 2 years ago 11
What are ways we could model the absorption of chemicals by plastic waste? @mimiss about 2 years ago 1
How many squid should I dissect to determine the average amount of micro plastics in squid guts? @plasticsquid about 2 years ago 3
Build a low-magnification "dissection microscope" for microplastics @warren over 2 years ago 4
Trawling with BabyLegs in New Orleans City Park! @mimiss almost 3 years ago 3
Analysis of microplastics: are there platforms or support for this work? @Bronwen almost 3 years ago 1
What are rope sourcing tips for making a BabyLegs trawl? @warren almost 3 years ago 4
What do I do with microplastics after being collected? @warren almost 3 years ago 4
Bridge Trawl @TestOurWaters almost 3 years ago 1
Can i make a microplastic filter by just putting a nylon over the drain of my washing machine? @hikinghack about 3 years ago 4
What are some standard bottles we could use to build BabyLegs? @warren about 3 years ago 5
Could the BabyLegs DIY trawl be used to collect microplastics in my sink? @warren over 3 years ago 2
Can the Community Microscope analyze ocean microplastics? @jiteovien almost 4 years ago 7
How to analyze plastics forensically @maxliboiron almost 4 years ago 1
How to process microplastic samples from a trawl @maxliboiron almost 4 years ago 0
How to use BabyLegs @maxliboiron over 3 years ago 2
Building BabyLegs (surface water trawl) @maxliboiron almost 4 years ago 5
Can plastic trawls be used in rivers? @warren almost 4 years ago 3
Can you detect pvc microplastics with a nvdi camera? @Ag8n about 4 years ago 5
Has anyone experienced measuring and analyzing microplastics? @niklasjordan about 4 years ago 4
How can I identify bits of plastic from the beach in an image? @jlev almost 4 years ago 17
Could the Raspberry Pi Microscope be used for looking at microplastics found in ocean water? @stevie almost 4 years ago 5
looking for ideas to detect/remove micro-beads/micro-fibers in water @vibhor over 5 years ago 2