Microplastics as a sedimentary component in reefs systems: A case study from the Java Sea

Amanda Utami , Lars Reuning , Olga Konechnaya & Jan Schwarzbauer
Microplastic pollution has been reported from coral reef systems all over the tropics. Exposure to microplastics has several negative impacts on coral health. Despite this potential risk for reef systems, the controlling processes for microplastics dispersion and accumulation in reef sediments are still understudied. Presented here is a study of microplastics (125 µm – 5 mm) distribution in two tropic atoll reef platforms in Kepulauan Seribu, Indonesia. Sediment samples were collected in different facies zones...
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