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Microplastics in Glaciers: First Results from the Vatnajökull Ice Cap

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Department of Engineering, Reykjavik University, 102 Reykjavik, Iceland
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Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg, 41320 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Icelandic Meteorological Office, 105 Reykjavik, Iceland
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Sustainability 2021, 13(8), 4183; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084183
Received: 19 March 2021 / Revised: 5 April 2021 / Accepted: 7 April 2021 / Published: 9 April 2021
Microplastic particles, as a second-phase material in ice, may contribute to the effect such particles have on the melting and rheological behaviour of glaciers, and thus influence the future meltwater contribution to the oceans and rising sea levels. Hence, it is of the utmost importance to map and understand the presence and dispersal of microplastics on a global scale. In this work, we identified microplastic particles in snow cores collected in a remote and pristine location on the Vatnajökull ice cap in Iceland. Utilising optical microscopy and µ-Raman spectroscopy, we visualised and identified microplastic particles of various sizes and materials. Our findings support that atmospheric transport of microplastic particles is one of the important pathways for microplastic pollution. View Full-Text
Keywords: microplastics; glacier; snow; ice; µ-Raman spectroscopy; atmospheric transport; pollution; climate change microplastics; glacier; snow; ice; µ-Raman spectroscopy; atmospheric transport; pollution; climate change
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Stefánsson, H.; Peternell, M.; Konrad-Schmolke, M.; Hannesdóttir, H.; Ásbjörnsson, E.J.; Sturkell, E. Microplastics in Glaciers: First Results from the Vatnajökull Ice Cap. Sustainability 2021, 13, 4183. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084183

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Stefánsson H, Peternell M, Konrad-Schmolke M, Hannesdóttir H, Ásbjörnsson EJ, Sturkell E. Microplastics in Glaciers: First Results from the Vatnajökull Ice Cap. Sustainability. 2021; 13(8):4183. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084183

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Stefánsson, Hlynur, Mark Peternell, Matthias Konrad-Schmolke, Hrafnhildur Hannesdóttir, Einar J. Ásbjörnsson, and Erik Sturkell. 2021. "Microplastics in Glaciers: First Results from the Vatnajökull Ice Cap" Sustainability 13, no. 8: 4183. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084183

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