Plastic Legacy: Humankind’s Trash Is Now a New Rock

Plastic Legacy: Humankind’s Trash Is Now a New Rock

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Plastic pollution on Kamilo beach. Kamilo is a beach located on the southeast coast of the island of Hawaii. Photo source: ©© Algalita Foundation

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Melted plastic trash on beaches can sometimes mix with sediment, basaltic lava fragments and organic debris (such as shells) to produce a new type of rock material, new research shows…

The new material, dubbed plastiglomerate, will forever remain in Earth’s rock record, and in the future may serve as a geological marker for humankind’s impact on the planet, researchers say…

Original Study: “An Anthropogenic Marker Horizon In The Future Rock Record,” GSA Today, June 2014 Issue.

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