Microplastic in the Desert

by Association Polarquest
Microplastic in the Desert
Microplastic in the Desert
Microplastic in the Desert
Microplastic in the Desert
Microplastic in the Desert
Microplastic in the Desert

Project Report | Nov 26, 2019
Final report

By Paola Catapano | Polarquest project leader

Zoe getting ready for a desert EVA simulation
Zoe getting ready for a desert EVA simulation

Last March, when Zoe Townsend, a very talented young aerospace engineer with a special interest in environmental problems,  asked Polarquest's help for fundraising and communications, we found her  proposal irrresistible: she was getting ready to take part in a Mars simulation camp in the Utah desert, and proposed to take this opportunity and sample microplastic at the same time!

That’s how, thanks to her, Polarquest carried out the very first first sampling campaign in the Utah desert at the Mars Desert Research Station.

sample analysis is being carriedt out now in Plymouth UK; where Zoe moved in the meantime, after a first screening at the Lerici lab in Italy (CNR).

The funds raised through the Global Giving space and mostly from a few events we organised locally in Geneva  has helped Zoe  recover some of her travel expenses.

This was a little but fundamental help for Zoe and that's where our financial contribution stops, so we do not need to keep this project open. We are eager to get conclusions from her new lab on the data collected in the desert and we will cover this in the news section of the polarquest website during 2020.

Many thanks to all those who believed n Zoe and greetings from her

The Mars Simulation camp base in the Utah desert
The Mars Simulation camp base in the Utah desert


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Microplastic in the desert - intermediate report

By Paola Catapano | Project leader

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Association Polarquest

Location: Meyrin, Geneva - Switzerland
Association Polarquest
Paola Catapano
Project Leader:
Paola Catapano
Meyrin, Geneva , Switzerland

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