The Plastic has been ‘raining’ in the Rockies, says study

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Plastic pollution has become an issue for the whole of the planet, with a negative impact on the global economy, marine life and risks to health, both for us and for our children. But a new study notes that the line is actually “raining” down on the Rocky Mountains, which are in the way of some of the most remote parts of the country.

The study, aptly titled “It’s Raining Plastic, and is also published by the U. S. Geological Survey that looked at rainwater harvesting are found in different parts of Colorado, including in Rocky Mountain National Park, and it was found that over 90 per cent of the samples had plastic in them.

“The more plastic, the fibres were detected in the samples collected from the urban areas than in remote, mountainous sites,” the researchers wrote in the study, in a statement. However, a frequent observation is that of the plastic fibers in the washout samples from the remote site, CO98, at Loch Vale, in Rocky Mountain National Park, the height 3,159 feet [10,364 feet]), suggesting that wet deposition is of plastic, it is everywhere and it is not just an urban condition.”


Plastic materials identified under a microscope, and a number of different colours have been observed, but the most common was the blue, followed by red, silver, white, purple, and green. It is therefore likely that the plastic debris came from the waste, as well as the fibres from synthetic clothing.

The study’s lead author, Gregory Wetherbee, told The Guardian that he and his team were searching for the sun in the storm water samples, and that the findings were an unexpected surprise.

“I think that the most important outcome is that we will be able to share with the American public, is that there is more plastic to it than meets the eye,” Wetherbee told the news outlet. “It’s been out in the rain, in the snow. It is a part of our neighborhood right now.”

Wetherbee and other researchers have noted that “the calculation of the plastic, the wet deposition loads, it is not possible with the current (or 2019 at the latest technology and more accurate methods for the estimation of the plastic charges are necessary, and the conclusion is overwhelmingly clear, and the rains of plastic.


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