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Microplastics found in fresh snow on Antarctica News

Microplastics found in fresh snow on Antarctica News

Microplastics have been found in fresh snowfall in Antarctica for the first time.

Microplastics have been found in fresh snowfall in Antarctica for the first time. 

In recent years, scientists discovered microplastic pollution near the summit of Mount Everest and in the Marianas Trench — at depths among the deepest in the ocean. 

Now, the icy continent at the southern tip of the world — which is visited mostly by scientists — joins the remote reaches of the planet where researchers have documented the presence of these tiny pieces of polymer. 

Researchers gathered snow samples from 19 different sites in Antarctica’s Ross Island area and found an average of 29 particles in each sample. The majority of the particles were from a type of plastic found in clothing and water bottles. 

The researchers’ discovery, published earlier this week in the journal The Cryosphere, suggests not even remote Antarctica ecosystems will avoid contamination from microplastics.

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/microplastics-found-fresh-snow-antarctica-rcna32862


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