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    1 month ago

    there is also plastic age…

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/04/plastic-pollution-fossil-record

    After bronze and iron, welcome to the plastic age, say scientists

    Plastic pollution is being deposited into the fossil record, research has found, with contamination increasing exponentially since 1945.

    Scientists suggest the plastic layers could be used to mark the start of the Anthropocene, the proposed geological epoch in which human activities have come to dominate the planet. They say after the bronze and iron ages, the current period may become known as the plastic age.

    The study, the first detailed analysis of the rise in plastic pollution in sediments, examined annual layers off the coast of California back to 1834. They discovered the plastic in the layers mirrors precisely the exponential rise in plastic production over the past 70 years.