Sources and fate of microplastics in marine and beach sediments of the Southern Baltic sea : a preliminary study

Bożena Graca , Karolina Szewc , Danuta Zakrzewska , Anna Dołęga , Magdalena Szczerbowska-Boruchowska

Abstract

Microplastics’ (particles size ≤5 mm) sources and fate in marine bottom and beach sediments of the brackish are strongly polluted Baltic Sea have been investigated. Microplastics were extracted using sodium chloride (1.2 g cm−3). Their qualitative identification was conducted using micro-Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (μFT-IR). Concentration of microplastics varied from 25 particles kg−1 d.w. at the open sea beach to 53 particles kg−1 d.w. at beaches of strongly urbanized bay. In bottom sediments, microplastics concentration was visibly lower compared to beach sediments (0–27 particles kg−1 d.w.) and decreased from the shore to the open, deep-sea regions. The most frequent microplastics dimensions ranged from 0.1 to 2.0 mm, and transparent fibers were predominant. Polyester, which is a popular fabrics component, was the most common type of microplastic in both marine bottom (50%) and beach sediments (27%). Additionally, poly(vinyl acetate) used in shipbuilding as well as poly(ethylene-propylene) used for packaging were numerous in marine bottom (25% of all polymers) and beach sediments (18% of all polymers). Polymer density seems to be an important factor influencing microplastics circulation. Low density plastic debris probably recirculates between beach sediments and seawater in a greater extent than higher density debris. Therefore, their deposition is potentially limited and physical degradation is favored. Consequently, low density microplastics concentration may be underestimated using current methods due to too small size of the debris. This influences also the findings of qualitative research of microplastics which provide the basis for conclusions about the sources of microplastics in the marine environment.
Author Bożena Graca ZChMiOŚM
Bożena Graca,,
- Division of Marine Chemistry and Environmental Protection
, Karolina Szewc ZFEM
Karolina Szewc,,
- Division of Marine Ecosystems Functioning
, Danuta Zakrzewska ZChMiOŚM
Danuta Zakrzewska,,
- Division of Marine Chemistry and Environmental Protection
, Anna Dołęga
Anna Dołęga,,
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, Magdalena Szczerbowska-Boruchowska
Magdalena Szczerbowska-Boruchowska,,
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Journal seriesEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research, ISSN 0944-1344
Issue year2017
Vol24
No8
Pages7650-7661
Publication size in sheets0.55
Keywords in Englishmicroplastics, pollution, sediments, beaches, Southern Baltic, density separation
DOIDOI:10.1007/s11356-017-8419-5
URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11356-017-8419-5
Languageen angielski
LicenseOther; published final; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); with publication
Score (nominal)30
ScoreMinisterial score = 30.0, 26-02-2018, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 30.0, 26-02-2018, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 2.741 (2) - 2016=3.023 (5)
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