Micro-plastics in the Antarctic

phys.org | 6/11/2018 | Staff
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Antarctica's most remote and pristine habitats are contaminated with micro-plastic waste and persistent hazardous chemicals, new research shows.

Earlier this year, a Greenpeace expedition took a range of samples from the sea and the snow to see how pollution was affecting Antarctica.

Analysis - Greenpeace - Research - University - Exeter

Analysis carried out by the Greenpeace Research Laboratories at the University of Exeter revealed that micro-plastics were widespread in the area investigated.

"Using infrared methods, we found micro-plastics in seven of eight samples of surface seawater collected near the Antarctic Peninsula in February this year," said Dr. David Santillo, who led the analysis.

Micro-plastics - Fibres - Polyester - Polypropylene - Nylon

"Most of those micro-plastics were fibres, including polyester, polypropylene and nylon, among other materials.

"Whether they come mainly from local sources, such as shipping, or have been transported on currents from much further afield, remains to be seen.

'footprint - Extends

"What is clear is that our plastic 'footprint' extends even to...
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