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It’s snowing plastic in Siberia, and new research will find out how serious the problem is

By The Siberian Times reporter
10 March 2021

Tomsk scientists are analysing vast quantities of miscroplastics in winter precipitation across a swathe of Russia.

At the beginning of March this year, the large-scale sampling of snow began in Siberia. Samples are collected in different regions of the Siberian federal region, from Gorny Altai (Biysk, Belokurikha) to the Arctic (Tazovsky district). Picture: Dmitry B Daemon_70Rus

The research is covering an area from Biysk, close to the Altai Mountains, to the Arctic. Rainwater is also being examined but there is special interest in snow. 

Yulia Frank, a scientist at the Biological Institute of Tomsk State University, said: 'People have been using plastic for over a century and a half. Synthetic polymers degrade poorly, and many countries have not yet come to collecting and disposing of this material.

‘So more and more products of its decomposition - microplastics - are accumulating in the environment. 

‘A significant amount of microplastics is known to end up in freshwater and marine systems.

'This is confirmed by our research.

'The task of the new project is to assess the concentration of synthetic microparticles in solid and liquid precipitation. There have been no such studies in Russia yet.’

It’s snowing plastic in Siberia, and new research will find out how serious the problem is


It’s snowing plastic in Siberia, and new research will find out how serious the problem is


It’s snowing plastic in Siberia, and new research will find out how serious the problem is


It’s snowing plastic in Siberia, and new research will find out how serious the problem is

Tomsk scientists are analysing vast quantities of miscroplastics in winter precipitation across a swathe of Russia. Pictures: BI TSU, Dmitry B Daemon_70Rus

Scientists began collecting rainwater and snow samples in Tomsk and around the city in the fall of 2020. At the beginning of March this year, the large-scale sampling of snow began in Siberia. Samples are collected in different regions of the Siberian federal region, from Gorny Altai (Biysk, Belokurikha) to the Arctic (Tazovsky district).

Initial results of analysis of atmospheric precipitation collected near Tomsk shows they mainly contain [plastic] fibres.

‘Fragments of irregular shape and microspheres are found in smaller quantities. Obviously, this is due to the low weight of the particles, which contributes to their transport by air masses,’ the scientists say.

Soon scientists will conduct a laboratory analysis of the newly collected samples, assess the concentration of microplastics in solid atmospheric precipitation and find out whether its level is affected by the proximity of roads and settlements.

They hope that at the final stage of the project it will be possible to assess the presence of microparticles in the environment in the Siberian federal region and compare the level of environmental pollution with other regions.

Earlier the team of BI TSU analyzed the concentration of microplastics in the rivers of Siberia, as well as in the food tract of fish.

Comments (4)

Goes back to the problem of microbes which WE have created and which will destroy us! Plastic should be banned and human consumption and pollution drastically reduced globally.

However due to MAN's greed in always wanting more and more...and business lobbying with huge financial interests involved; this is unfortunately an impossible Eutopia.

What a beautiful, peaceful, rich and unpolluted Eutopia we would have; if we all just had a bit of the incredible, magestic and legendary Agafy Lykova in us...
Anonymous, Switzerland
13/03/2021 20:54
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This is an interesting and important study. Can your reporter provide contact information for Yulia Frank?
Guy Lanza, USA
12/03/2021 05:52
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We are the authors of our own extinction.
George, Seaport USA
11/03/2021 20:24
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looks like there is nothing MAN will not -destroy - with his gunk?
Benedikt MORAK, Russia
11/03/2021 07:23
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