Scientists will find out how much microplastic is in the snow
TSU scientists at the Biological Institute have begun research to determine the distribution of microplastics in atmospheric precipitation in Siberia and the features of the transfer of microparticles by air currents. As part of the expedition to the Siberian Federal District, the staff of the TSU Biological Institute will survey a vast area from Biysk to the Arctic, with a total snow sampling route of 5,000 kilometers.
- People have been using plastic for over a century and a half. Synthetic polymers decompose very poorly, and many countries have not yet come to the purposeful collection and utilization of this material, therefore, more and more products of its decay - microplastics - are accumulating in the environment, - explains Yulia Frank, one of the project participants, a scientist at the TSU Biological Institute. - A significant amount of microplastics is known to end up in freshwater and marine systems. This is confirmed by our research. The new project will assess the concentration of synthetic microparticles in solid and liquid precipitation.