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Microplastics can be carried along for miles by the wind, travelling efficiently through the atmosphere to reach the remotest of regions, a shock new study has found.
It is known microplastics can travel long distances via waterways, depositing fibres from human clothing, but little research has looked at their transport through the air.
Study - Air - Mountain - Pyrenees - Amounts
A study of the air on a remote mountain in the French Pyrenees showed that significant amounts of microplastics were being deposited daily into the atmosphere from locations almost 60 miles away.
Plastic pollution on Earth is set to double by 2030, threatening wildlife and human health and microplastics are being increasingly found in remote areas of our planet.
Microparticles - Arctic - Process - Freezing - Sea
Previously, microparticles have shown up in the Arctic, where the process of freezing and melting sea ice transports plastic particles.
They were recently found in the Forni mountain glaciers in Switzerland, confirming the widespread contamination of natural resources.
Evidence - Exists - Microplastics - Air - Dense
Evidence exists for microplastics being transported by air are also available, but mostly for dense megacities such as Dongguan in China and Paris in France.
Few studies have been carried out in remote regions where there is little human interference.
Study - Scientists - Edinburgh - Samples - Months
In the current study, scientists from Edinburgh analysed samples collected over five months taken from the air around various...
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