First evidence of microplastics in nine lakes across Patagonia (South America)

María Belén Alfonso, Facundo Scordo, Carina Seitz, Gian Marco Mavo Manstretta, Ana Carolina Ronda, Andrés Hugo Arias, Juan Pablo Tomba, Leonel Ignacio Silva, Gerardo Miguel Eduardo Perillo, María Cintia Piccolo

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Microplastics (MPs) on lakes have been reported mainly from Europe, Asia, and North America. Then, this study aimed to address the quantification and identification of MPs in nine lakes from the Argentine Patagonian Region. Blue colored fibers were dominant, with a size range between 0.2 and <0.4 mm. The mean MPs concentration was 0.9 ± 0.6 MPs m−3, suggesting a low pollution state when compared to other worldwide lakes. Raman microscopy analysis showed a predominance of Indigo Blue Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) particles. The upper-gradient runoff from urban settlements, textiles, and fisheries were identified as the main MPs sources and levels positively correlated with the higher area, shallower depth, and with an end-position in the watershed. These findings fill a gap in the geographical distribution knowledge, setting a baseline that emphasizes the need for better treatment of urban and fisheries wastes in continental lakes.

ジャーナルScience of the Total Environment
出版ステータス出版済み - 9 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 環境工学
  • 環境化学
  • 廃棄物管理と処理
  • 汚染


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