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Plenty of pollution floats on the surface of Lebanon's coastal waters, visible to all who stop for a seaside stroll.But the scientists aboard the Tara Mediterranee, a boat newly arrived in Beirut's Marina, are focused on the invisible pollution, in the form of microplastics, that may be harming Lebanon's marine ecology and human health.The expedition seeks to assess the quantity of microplastics in the Mediterranean and to study their effect on marine ecology. The 60-meter schooner arrived Tuesday as part of an eastern Mediterranean tour to test the waters for microplastics.Tara scientists say that microplastic impact hasn't been fully explored in Lebanon, or in the rest of the Eastern Mediterranean.The team of scientists plans to meet with representatives from Lebanon's coastal communities, and from government ministries, to inform them of microplastic presence along the coast.
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