In the 21st century, microplastics have become increasingly widespread and are being found in various locations around the world. These tiny pieces of plastic pose concerns about their impact on the environment and human health. Microplastics were first discovered to accumulate in the intestines of fish, but since then they have been found in numerous environments, including our bodies and even in women’s placentas.

Recent studies have revealed the presence of microplastics in lake sediments dating back centuries before plastics were even invented. The discovery challenges previous assumptions about the beginning of the Anthropocene epoch, indicating that small fragments of plastic can survive in environments untouched by modern humans. This raises questions about other indicators of the Anthropocene, such as nuclear test isotopes.

Microplastics have been detected in oceans, atmospheres and even isolated regions like Antarctica. Plastic production increased significantly after World War II, but researchers have now found evidence of microplastics in lake deposits from centuries ago. The exact degree of danger posed by microplastics is not yet fully understood, nor is the exact amount present in our bodies. However, their presence indicates significant human impact on the environment and raises concerns about their potential effects on our health.

The age of the Anthropocene, characterized by significant human impact on the environment, was officially named by geologists as beginning in the 1950s. However, this naming process is significant because geologic eras are not often designated. We are currently living in a new era known as Meghalaya Age or Holocene Epoch which began more than 4000 years ago.

The decision on the formal establishment of the Anthropocene epoch will be made by International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) shortly.

By Samantha Johnson

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