Microplastics found in fresh snow in Antarctica

Antarctica - icebergPhoto: Tore Meek / NTB

For the first time, researchers have found microplastics in fresh snow collected from 19 different places in Antarctica.

The BBC writes that researchers from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand found an average of 29 particles per liter of melted snow.

Microplastics are plastic particles that are smaller than a grain of rice and often too small to be seen with the naked eye.

A total of 13 different types of plastic were found, the most common of which was so-called PET, which is mainly used in plastic bottles and clothing.

Researchers have previously discovered microplastics in sea ice and surface water in Antarctica, but this is the first time it has been discovered in fresh snow. 

Microplastics have also been found near the top of Mount Everest and at great depths – in addition to a large number of other places around the world.

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