EXPLORE THE DATA

Click on the image and find your data point(s) in the map.

Compare your results with those submitted by other students. Select and deselect data points using the check boxes. The graphs will show the averages for the sites that are selected.

DISCUSS THE IMPLICATIONS OF YOUR DATA – WHAT DO THEY MEAN?

Here are some questions you can use to spark your discussion:

Q: Can you determine where plastics are most abundant on your beach using this transect sampling method? In the wrackline, the middle of the beach or the backshore?

Q: What do your results tell you about how plastic is transported in a coastal zone?

Q: What was the most common type of macroplastic on your beach? What about the most common type of microplastic? Which was more abundant – micro- or macro-plastic?

Q: Can you extrapolate your data to determine the average abundance of plastic on the beach?

Q: What are some problems with extrapolating your data this way?

Q: What would you suggest to your city as a way to reduce the amount of debris on the beach?

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