Illuminate the Invisible: A Field-Based Microplastic Study

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Microplastics are ubiquitously found around the world, but how exactly do scientists identify plastic pollution that is smaller than the eye can see? Join Laurel Zaima from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at the Columbia Climate School to sample the Roaring Fork River at the edge of campus to identify the presence, abundance, and type of microplastics in our natural environment. Using an accessible sampling methodology, participants will collect, filter, and identify microplastics from water samples using microscopes and fluorescing equipment. Meet at Comcast's activation. Sturdy shoes are needed for walking the dirt trail down to the river.

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