Nature: article about LIAE microplastic pollution study in Latvia

World’s leading multidisciplinary science journal “Nature” shared an article about a study developed at LIAE Microplastics laboratory.

Nature: article about LIAE microplastic pollution study in Latvia

World’s leading multidisciplinary science journal “Nature” shared an article “Buried microplastics complicate efforts to define the Anthropocene” about a study developed at LIAE Microplastics laboratory.

Since microplastics persist in the environment for a long time, they are put forward as one of the indicators of human activity in the history of the Earth. However, after studying the sediments of three lakes in Latvia, an international team of scientists concluded that this assumption is not true. The presence of microplastic particles in a specific sediment layer does not characterize the time period when it was produced or entered the environment, because microplastic particles tend to move deeper into the sediments.

Publication about the study“Downward migrating microplastics in lake sediments are a tricky indicator for the onset of the Anthropocene” is available in “Science Advances”. The first author of the publication is Senior Researcher Inta Dimante-Deimantoviča. Researcher Natālija Suhareva, PhD student Marta Barone, University of Latvia professor Normunds Stivriņš and researchers from the University of Turku in Finland, Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia, Gdańsk University in Poland and Aalborg University in Denmark were also involved in the research.

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