Thanks for following me all this time! I have not heard about microbeads in cosmetics, but I have heard of “plastiglomerates.”
Plastiglomerates are a new type of rock comprised of human-made plastic particles and natural materials. Identified in 2012, scientists published a paper on the new material in Geological Society (free).
Here, we report the appearance of a new “stone” formed through intermingling of melted plastic, beach sediment, basaltic lava fragments, and organic debris from Kamilo Beach on the island of Hawaii.
The material, herein referred to as “plastiglomerate,” is divided into in situ and clastic types that were distributed over all areas of the beach. Agglutination of natural sediments to melted plastic during campfire burning has increased the overall density of plastiglomerate, which inhibits transport by wind or water, thereby increasing the potential for burial and subsequent preservation.
Our results indicate that this anthropogenically influenced material has great potential to form a marker horizon of human pollution, signaling the occurrence of the informal Anthropocene epoch.
The authors argue that this plastiglomerate rock should be considered as part of the geologic history of the earth. This is because they were formed during the “anthropocene” via human pollution, and will last in permanance for many centuries in the future. The a/effects on the environment are unclear.
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Thanks for reading and following me! You’re referring to this article, on North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, criticized weather forecasters in his country.
Still, weather data is free and readily available on the internet. It’s a matter of having well trained and educated meteorologists, not really a matter of having a satellite in orbit.