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Are you Polluting the Great Lakes with Facial Cleansers?
Dr. Sherri Mason, Ph.D from SUNY Fredonia is compiling data from a major research effort studying pollution levels on the Great Lakes. Armed with a team of seven research scientists and 20 students, the group collected samples from Lake Superior, Huron and Erie.

Twenty-one samples were taken from open waters and all of them showed contamination with micro-plastic. Micro-plastic occurs when larger pieces of floating plastic break apart over time. Many of the samples included very tiny beads, and researchers believe they were flushed into lakes by consumers using facial cleansers.

 
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