During a unique expedition project, German professor Andreas Fath collected water samples throughout the length of the 652-mile long Tennessee River. What he found was alarming - sections of the river contained 12,000 - 18,000 plastic particles per cubic meter. In contrast, samples he had taken in Germany’s Rhine River contained only 200 plastic particles per cubic meter. Long thought to be a problem relating to ocean pollution, micro plastics have invaded intercoastal waterways as well.
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