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Plastic pellets along Kuala Selangor-Sepang coastline.


Ismail, Ahmad and N.M.B., Adilah and M.J., Nurulhudha (2009) Plastic pellets along Kuala Selangor-Sepang coastline. Malaysian Applied Biology Journal, 38 (1). pp. 85-88. ISSN 0126-8643


Plastic pellets are considered as marine debris pollutants (Gregory, 1977). They can be defined as small granules or raw materials that will be melted and molded into plastic products that can be found stranded on the beaches all over the world. It has several shapes and colors. Their shapes are in the form of tablet, oblong, cylindrical, spherical and disk shape, whereas the color are white including clear and transparent, black, blue, yellow, purple, red, green, brown, grey and pink. Usually, plastic pellets (Fig. 1) can be found in the environment due to the spillage during shipping loading and unloading. Since, plastic pellets are made of plastic, which is primary synthetic organic polymer derived from petroleum. Therefore, when it is exposed to UV radiation in sunlight and water from the ocean, this polymer will break into smaller pieces. This process will take time to occur naturally.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science
Publisher: Malaysian Society of Applied Biology
Keywords: Plastic pellets; Selangor coast; Polymer.
Depositing User: Najwani Amir Sariffudin
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2013 02:38
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2015 01:17
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/16233
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