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Microplastics have been discovered on the highest level on earth when the glaciers melted round Mount Everest’s demise zone

Posted by Jeff on Nov 22, 2020 @ 6:18 am in Conservation | 0 comments | Last change: November 20, 2020

Microplastics are one of the most harmful side effects of people using the planet, and they are increasingly being found in aircraft that are difficult to reach.

After microplastics were discovered at the lowest point on earth, Marina Tech, they have now been found near the highest point on earth – Mount Everest’s death zone.

It is called the “death zone” because there is insufficient oxygen there to sustain human life over a long period of time. It is defined as any area that is over 8,000 meters above sea level. Last year at least 11 people died in Mount Everest’s death zone within a week of opening the trail.

Samples taken near the summit and the valley below revealed significant amounts of polyester, acrylic, nylon, and polypropylene fibers – materials commonly used to make outdoor apparel, tents, and climbing ropes – according to data that were gathered on a 10-person Mount Everest expedition to research teams.

Using the same data, another study suggests that the glaciers around Mount Everest have thinned more than 100 meters since the 1960s. More worryingly, the rate of ice mass loss has steadily increased over the past six decades.

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