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UWS research: microplastics exist in all of the Great Lakes

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New research coming out of the University of Wisconsin Superior has found that micro-plastic exists in all of the Great Lakes. 

A member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was at UWS Tuesday to get a better understanding of the findings. 

Scientists have discovered plastic pieces so small they needed a more powerful microscope to confirm they were actually plastic. Some can only be measured by the nanometer. 

Researchers say plastic this small would likely pass straight through the organisms consuming the water, but the possible danger comes from the plastic absorbing toxins.

"But now, with the data that we found that the plastic is not really good, and it can stay here forever and ever... like a diamond," explains UWS Associate Professor Lorena Rios Mendoza, "as I say to my students, forever. We need to use plastic just if we really need it."

Lake Erie was found to hold the highest plastic concentration of all the Great Lakes.

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