Microplastics are plastic particles smaller than 5 millimeters in size

 

During our journey we partnered with Adventure Scientists to gather a series of water samples focused on the distribution of plastics pollution along Lake Superior's shoreline. There has been a growing concern about the presence and composition of microplastics in the Great Lakes over the past few years and we felt it important to contribute to the work being done to better understand this issue. These pollutants are often mistaken for food and then consumed by fish, and researchers are currently working to understand the full implications of these pollutants. Through our findings we have found microplastics present in Lake Superior, albeit less in comparison to other Great Lakes. Check out our interview with Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza of the University of Wisconsin Superior for more information on microplastics in both the Great Lakes and the world's oceans. 

 

zoom into the map below to find our sample results scattered along the shore of LAke Superior, and check out The larger microplastics INITIATIVE from ADVENTURe SCIENTISTs to learn more.