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Microplastics discovered in Siberian snow samples

A biologist looks at microplastics found in sea species at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research near Athens, on November 26, 2019. - "Marine litter is a global issue, so it is (present) in Greece. More than 70 percent of marine litter is plastic in Greece," says Katerina Tsagari, a biologist .The team has found litter, most of it plastic, in about 75 percent of loggerhead turtles tested. Overall, they have found plastic ingestion in between 20 and 45 percent of the species tested, which include fish, crabs and mussels. (Photo by LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP) (Photo by LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP via Getty Images)

A biologist looks at microplastics found in sea species at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research near Athens, on November 26, 2019. - "Marine litter is a global issue, so it is (present) in Greece. More than 70 percent of marine litter is plastic in Greece," says Katerina Tsagari, a biologist .The team has found litter, most of it plastic, in about 75 percent of loggerhead turtles tested. Overall, they have found plastic ingestion in between 20 and 45 percent of the species tested, which include fish, crabs and mussels. (Photo by LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP) (Photo by LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP via Getty Images)

A biologist looked at microplastics found in sea species at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research near Athens, on November 26, 2019. (Photo by LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 1:35 PM PT – Saturday, March 20, 2021

Russian scientists are trying to find out what is causing the pollution of snow with microplastics in Siberia.

Scientists at Tomsk State University have collected samples from 20 different locations all over Siberia and have detected the presence of airborne microplastics.

As plastics erode over time, tiny particles remain on the microscopic level, polluting both water and air supplies.

“There are very interesting researches on the microplastics transportation by the foreign scientists,” Danil Vorobyov, head of Biological Institute at Tomsk State University said. “Unfortunately, there is no data about Russia. Generally speaking, we’re pioneers here, we will research the microplastics content in 2021.”

This followed previous studies in which microplastics were discovered in fish digestive systems near Siberia.

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