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How do you measure/quantify the breakdown in the plastic?

Posted on October 24 2012

Question submitted by Packer Collegiate Institute

On the ship we do not have a way to measure the degradation of the plastic that we collect.  Instead, we are collecting and preserving the plastic for analysis on shore.  Greg Boyd is preserving different sizes of plastic and biofilms found on it to look at the mechanical breakdown of plastic and the possible chemical breakdown by bacteria during further research in labs in Woods Hole.