Microplastics discovered in 1730s lake deposits despite lack of plastic production

In the 21st century, microplastics have become an increasingly prevalent issue, washing up in various locations around the world. The discovery of microplastics in Latvia has impacted how we define the new geological era, the Anthropocene. These minute pieces of plastic have been found in a growing number of places and spark concerns about their impact on the environment and human health.

The concern about microplastics first arose when they were discovered accumulating in the intestines of fish. Since then, they have been found in various environments, including our bodies and even in women’s placentas. Microplastics have been detected in oceans, atmospheres, and even isolated regions like Antarctica, where they are carried by wind.

Researchers have now found evidence of microplastics in lake deposits that formed centuries ago before plastics were invented. This raises questions about the extent to which humans are responsible for environmental degradation and whether we should take responsibility for cleaning up past mistakes.

Recent studies in Latvia revealed the presence of microplastics in lake sediments such as Seksu, Pinku, and Usmas. This discovery challenges previous assumptions about the beginning of the Anthropocene epoch and indicates that small fragments of plastic can persist in environments untouched by modern humans for centuries or even millennia.

This discovery could lead to a re-evaluation of when we should officially start counting from zero as far as human impact on the environment goes. It may also raise questions about other indicators of human activity that we previously thought had no effect on natural systems.

The decision on formally establishing 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 what is known as Meghalaya age which began over 4000 years ago.

Overall, this discovery highlights the importance of continuing research into understanding our impact on nature and working towards sustainable solutions to protect our planet for future generations to come.

By Samantha Johnson

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