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Data Mining Revealing Recent Microplastics Pollution of Freshwater in China

Zhuo-Yuan Xie1 and De-Sheng Pei2
  • 1 College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Chongqing Jiaotong University, Chongqing 400074, China
  • 2 Department of Public Health and Management, Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing 400016, China


This review mainly discusses the characteristics and correlation of microplastics (MPs) in freshwater systems under various geographical environments in China. The distribution and source of MPs are analyzed and their spatial analyses are performed using the GIS method. Besides, the current and future situation of microplastic pollution in China is further evaluated through data mining. Results indicate that recent studies mainly focused on the middle and lower reaches of the yangtze river and its tributaries, as well as lakes and reservoirs along the yangtze river. Notably, large-scale reservoirs, rivers, and lakes located in densely populated areas showed higher abundances of MPs. Taken together, the current MP’s pollution of freshwater in China was not optimistic. Novel technologies should be developed to remove existing microplastics and new laws and regulations should be promulgated to reduce plastic waste pollution.

American Journal of Environmental Sciences
Volume 18 No. 3, 2022, 61-68


Submitted On: 16 May 2022 Published On: 25 June 2022

How to Cite: Xie, Z. & Pei, D. (2022). Data Mining Revealing Recent Microplastics Pollution of Freshwater in China. American Journal of Environmental Sciences, 18(3), 61-68.

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  • Microplastics
  • MPs
  • GIS
  • Freshwater
  • Spatial Analysis