It seems that our plastic problem is even bigger than it seems and we have practically no idea what is really happening with this plastic … today it turns out that even the snow falling in the Arctic is not free from it.
Sea water, fresh water or the stomachs of sea turtles are just a few examples of plastic pollution, because miniature fragments of this plastic, which are the effect of a larger waste of many natural factors, are virtually everywhere. Well, if plastic contaminated is even such a cool and remote area as the Arctic, then you are afraid to think what happens in places where it lives, and thus produces a lot of waste, a lot of people.
Last year, scientists from the German Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) published a report in which they describe unexpected quantities of microplastics enclosed in arctic ice tech guides. Their discovery, based on samples taken during the 2014-2015 expedition, shed a whole new light on the movement of plastic in the marine environment. The researchers decided to go with the blow and also study the air – for this purpose they used snow samples from the Arctic, the Swiss Alps and Germany, for comparison.
Snow from the Arctic contained up to 14,400 pieces of microplastics per liter, while samples from German Bavaria contained up to 154,000 pieces per liter. It was even found that the plastic comes from a wide spectrum of items – from paints, through seals, to car tires. And how was it possible that this plastic and snow became one? We are talking about pieces that are so small that they float in the air and get into the atmosphere, and then they are blown out or washed away with precipitation, e.g. snow.
The method of atmospheric travel of plastic has not yet been thoroughly studied, but now that we know about the huge amounts of this material we are talking about, scientists will certainly be tempted to further tests. Especially that if we think about how easily he wanders the planet, then immediately the questions arise whether we accidentally breathe it and the like. According to Melanie Bergmann, head of the research team at Alfred Wegener Institute: – To date, there is virtually no research to check to what extent a person is contaminated with microplastics. However, when we look at the amount of plastic in the air, it immediately comes to mind that something must be done in this direction.