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Occurrence and distribution of microplastics in an urban river: A case study in the Pearl River along Guangzhou City, China
Lin, Lang1; Zuo, Lin-Zi; Peng, Jin-Ping; Cai, Li-Qi; Fok, Lincoln3; Yan, Yan; Li, Heng-Xiang; Xu, Xiang-Rong
2018
Source PublicationSCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT
ISSN0048-9697
Volume644Pages:375
AbstractMicroplastics, as emerging contaminants in the global environment, have become a cause for concern for both academics and the public. The present understanding of microplastic pollution is primarily focused on marine environments, and less attention has been given to freshwater environments, in particular, to urban rivers. In this study, microplastics were sampled from surface water and sediments in 14 sites located in the lower course of the Pearl River. These sampling sites are located along Guangzhou of South China, with built-up areas being the dominant land use. The abundances of microplastics in surface water and sediments ranged from 379 to 7924 items.m(-3) and 80 to 9597 items.kg(-1), respectively. Polyethylene and polypropylene were the common types of microplastics, together accounting for 64.3% and 73.8% of surface water and sediment samples, respectively. Fibers were the dominant microplastic shapes in both water and sediment samples. The abundances of microplastics varied in surface water and sediments with each site, which might be affected by multiple factors. Our results indicated that wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) could reduce microplastics from municipal sewage which was finally discharged into the Pearl River along Guangzhou. (C) 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
DepartmentLMB
KeywordMicroplastics Surface water Sediment Pearl River Wastewater treatment plants
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.scsio.ac.cn/handle/344004/17593
Collection中科院海洋生物资源可持续利用重点实验室
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, South China Sea Inst Oceanol, CAS Key Lab Trop Marine Bioresources & Ecol, Guangdong Prov Key Lab Appl Marine Biol, Guangzhou 510301, Guangdong, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
3.Guangdong Univ Technol, Fac Chem Engn & Light Ind, Guangzhou 510006, Guangdong, Peoples R China
4.Educ Univ Hong Kong, Dept Sci & Environm Studies, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Peoples R China
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Lin, Lang,Zuo, Lin-Zi,Peng, Jin-Ping,et al. Occurrence and distribution of microplastics in an urban river: A case study in the Pearl River along Guangzhou City, China[J]. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT,2018,644:375, 381.
APA Lin, Lang.,Zuo, Lin-Zi.,Peng, Jin-Ping.,Cai, Li-Qi.,Fok, Lincoln.,...&Xu, Xiang-Rong.(2018).Occurrence and distribution of microplastics in an urban river: A case study in the Pearl River along Guangzhou City, China.SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT,644,375.
MLA Lin, Lang,et al."Occurrence and distribution of microplastics in an urban river: A case study in the Pearl River along Guangzhou City, China".SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT 644(2018):375.
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