A surprising and disturbing discovery: scientists discover rocks made of molten plastic on a volcanic island, yet another sign of the impact of human activity on the earth’s geology.
Geologists from the Federal University of Paraná have made an alarming discovery on the isolated volcanic island of Trindade, Brazil: rocks composed of molten plastic and sedimentary granules, called “plastigglomerates”. This discovery is another sign of the impact of human activity on the geology of the Earth and a grim reflection of the problem of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.
Originally documented in 2014, plastiglomerates have been observed in different locations on the Earth’s surface, but this latest finding is particularly shocking given the remoteness of Trindade Island and its significant wildlife, including green turtles and whales. humpback.
Scientists believe that the plastiglomerates on Trindade Island are the result of the buildup of fishing nets., one of the main culprits of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. The nets are swept away by ocean currents and accumulate on the beach, where they melt and become embedded with the natural material of the beach.
This discovery is another example of the impact of human activity on the Earth’s geology and a clear signal that we need to take urgent action to address the problem of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.