Even remote mountain glaciers are contaminated with microplastics 2

Even remote mountain glaciers are contaminated with microplastics

A picture of Forni glacier in Italy

Glaciers aren’t as pristine as people think

Forni Glacier Valtellina ItalyRoberto Moiola / Sysaworld

Microplastics have been found in a mountain glacier for the first time, in the latest sign of how plastics are leaving no corner of the planet untouched.

The tiny pieces, which measure less than 5 millimetres in length, have shown up in places as remote as Arctic ice before. But now Roberto Sergio Azzoni at the University of Milan and colleagues have found them on a terrestrial glacier.

Around 75 particles of microplastic per kilogram of sediment were found on the Forni …

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