Microplastics in the marine environment: a review of the methods used for identification and quantification.

@article{HidalgoRuz2012MicroplasticsIT,
  title={Microplastics in the marine environment: a review of the methods used for identification and quantification.},
  author={Valeria Hidalgo-Ruz and Lars Gutow and Richard C. Thompson and Martin Thiel},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  year={2012},
  volume={46 6},
  pages={3060-75}
}
This review of 68 studies compares the methodologies used for the identification and quantification of microplastics from the marine environment. Three main sampling strategies were identified: selective, volume-reduced, and bulk sampling. Most sediment samples came from sandy beaches at the high tide line, and most seawater samples were taken at the sea surface using neuston nets. Four steps were distinguished during sample processing: density separation, filtration, sieving, and visual… CONTINUE READING
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