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Unraveling the Past: Microplastics Found in Ancient Lake Sediments Challenge Assumptions about Anthropocene Beginning

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 3, 2024
Microplastics discovered in 1730s lake deposits despite lack of plastic production

In recent years, microplastics have been discovered in various locations around the world, sparking concerns about their impact on the environment and human health. These tiny pieces of plastic have been found in oceans, atmosphere, isolated regions like Antarctica, and even in women’s placentas. The exact extent of the dangers posed by microplastics is not yet fully understood, but researchers have now found evidence of their presence in the sediments of lakes that formed centuries ago.

The discovery of microplastics in Latvia has challenged previous assumptions about the beginning of the Anthropocene epoch, as small fragments of plastic can persist in environments untouched by modern humans. This finding suggests that human impact on the environment may be more significant than previously thought.

Microplastics were first discovered when they were found accumulating in fish intestines. Since then, they have become increasingly prevalent and a growing concern for researchers and scientists alike. The production of plastics increased significantly after World War II, but recent studies have shown that microplastics are present in 18th-century lake deposits, indicating that their presence predates modern human activity.

The decision to formally establish the Anthropocene epoch will be made by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) in the near future. This naming process is significant as geological eras are not designated frequently. Currently, we are living in the Holocene epoch specifically during the Meghalaya age which began over 4000 years ago.

By Samantha Nguyen

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