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Plastic in the Arctic

Recently scientists have discovered a large piece of plastic in the Arctic.  And since it did not occur from someone or something living in that region it had to have floated in.  Which is scarey.  The depressing find, only 1,000 miles from the north pole, is the first made in an area that was previously inaccessible to scientists because of sea ice. It is one of the most northerly sightings of such detritus in the world’s oceans, which are increasingly polluted by plastics.

Estimates suggest that there are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating on the surface of the world’s oceans. It has been claimed that there is now enough plastic to form a permanent layer in the fossil record.   That means that 1000's of years from now if someone was researching the history of our plant - plastic, might even get its own era.

Read the full article via the Guardian

Comments by Mary Sue Rogers

Posted On : 24-09-17

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