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PERTH – Academics at Curtin University in Australia have found microplastics in water samples collected from some of the most remote parts of the world’s oceans.  

The samples were collected by seasoned yachtsman Jon Sanders during his 11th circumnavigation voyage, which started during 2019, and was done so to help researchers at Curtin University understand the impact of microplastic pollution around the world.

“The aim of the study was to target areas of the world's oceans not previously sampled for microplastics and to produce a complete global snapshot of microplastic distribution,” lead researcher Professor Kliti Grice said. “Our analysis found microplastics were present in the vast majority of the waters sampled by Jon, even in very remote ocean areas of the Southern Hemisphere.”

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