Plastic in the Thames: a river runs through it. / Morritt, David; Stefanoudis, Paris; Pearce, Dave; Crimmen, Oliver; Clark, Paul.

In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, Vol. 78, No. 1-2, 01.2014, p. 196–200.

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Plastic in the Thames: a river runs through it. / Morritt, David; Stefanoudis, Paris; Pearce, Dave; Crimmen, Oliver; Clark, Paul.

In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, Vol. 78, No. 1-2, 01.2014, p. 196–200.

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Morritt, D, Stefanoudis, P, Pearce, D, Crimmen, O & Clark, P 2014, 'Plastic in the Thames: a river runs through it', Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 78, no. 1-2, pp. 196–200. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.10.035

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Morritt, D., Stefanoudis, P., Pearce, D., Crimmen, O., & Clark, P. (2014). Plastic in the Thames: a river runs through it. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 78(1-2), 196–200. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.10.035

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Morritt D, Stefanoudis P, Pearce D, Crimmen O, Clark P. Plastic in the Thames: a river runs through it. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 2014 Jan;78(1-2):196–200. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.10.035

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Morritt, David ; Stefanoudis, Paris ; Pearce, Dave ; Crimmen, Oliver ; Clark, Paul. / Plastic in the Thames: a river runs through it. In: Marine Pollution Bulletin. 2014 ; Vol. 78, No. 1-2. pp. 196–200.

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