STEM Café: Plastic Predicament: How Microplastics Affect Groundwater
Name: STEM Café: Plastic Predicament: How Microplastics Affect Groundwater
Date: October 20, 2021
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT
Our world is in a plastic predicament. Plastics are durable, useful and ever present. Yet, rather than decomposing, plastics break down into small bits called microplastics that are dangerous for our environment and possibly our health. In fact, plastics even present a scientific predicament: nearly every collection vessel and piece of lab equipment used to gather and test groundwater is made of plastic, so how can scientists accurately measure the microplastics that are present in our water? Then, how can they trace those fragments back to their sources so we can break the cycle of microplastics? Hear from NIU Geology and Environmental Geosciences faculty members Megan Brown and Melissa Lenczewski about the latest research into how microplastics affect groundwater.