Microplastics in the atmosphere travel much faster than in water: new study

It is no longer news that the microplastics and nanoplastics are everywhere and all over the world. From the human body to the beaches, the oceans and the ice at the poles. However, there is a means by which they spread more easily: the atmosphere.

This is supported by the latest work on microplastics published by German scientists. In their conclusions, they point out that air is the most conducive medium for plastic microparticles to travel faster and farther than, for example, in water.

A microplastic is less than 5 millimeters in size.

“Air is a much more dynamic medium than water. As a result, the nano and microplastics they can penetrate much more quickly into the most remote regions of our planet, which are still largely untouched“, stressed Melanie Bergmann, co-author of the study and researcher at the Alfred Wegener Institute.

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