Plastic particles falling from snow

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Microscopic particles of plastic are falling out of the sky with snow, even in remote regions such as the Arctic and the Alps, according to a study. Over the past several years, microplastic particles have repeatedly been detected in sea-water, and even in animals.

Over the past several years, microplastic particles have repeatedly been detected in sea-water, drinking water, and even in animals. Researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Germany have now found that microplastic particles can be transported over tremendous distances by the atmosphere and are later washed out of the air by precipitation, particularly snow.

Researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Germany have now found that microplastic particles can apparently be transported over tremendous distances by the atmosphere and are later washed out of the air by precipitation, particularly snow.

The study conducted on snow samples from Helgo-land, Bavaria, Bremen, the Swiss Alps and the Arctic confirms that the snow at all sites contained high concentrations of microplastic -- even in remote reaches of the Arctic, on the island Svalbard, and in the snow of drifting ice floes. Source


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