Microplastics discovered in Siberian snow samples
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.