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Microplastics are tiny plastic beads that can be found in many beauty and health products including toothpaste, hand soap, body wash, and facial scrubs.

While I was conducting my research along the wave-cut benches of West Cliff in Santa Cruz, I was intrigued by the variety and richness of the marine creatures covering the rocks. Before going to UCSC, I worked mainly on mountain outcrops in Europe,...