16 Aug 2022

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Scientists find microplastics in fresh Antarctic snow for first time

Scientists have found microplastics in freshly fallen Antarctic snow for the first time.

A PhD student, Alex Aves from University of Canterbury said “we collected snow samples from 19 sites across Ross Island region of Antarctica and found microplastics in all of these,”.

There were 13 different types of plastic found, with the most common being PET, mostly used in soft-drink bottles.