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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 04:49 PM

A Strange New Blend of Rock and Plastic Is Forming on a Portuguese Island

Jake Buehler, gizmodo.com

If you go to the beach, you’re likely to see some form of plastic pollution scattered in the waves or sprinkled among the sand grains. A bottle cap fragment here, a transparent piece of packaging there. But researchers have identified a new, and perhaps more permanent type of plastic pollution, one that incorporates itself right into the rocky shoreline: “plasticrust,” a veneer of plastic encrusted right onto wave-licked rocks.

https://earther.gizmodo.com/a-strange-new-blend-of-rock-and-plastic-is-forming-on-a-1835742900

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Reply A Strange New Blend of Rock and Plastic Is Forming on a Portuguese Island (Original post)
lordsummerisle Jun 2019 OP
gtar100 Jun 2019 #1
localroger Jun 2019 #2
mahina Jun 2019 #3
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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 05:08 PM

1. Lithification happens.

Millions years from now there are going to be some very interesting rocks around from the things we leave behind. For example, all the garbage dumps around the globe, imagine what the earth will do with those over deep time. I'm hoping to be around to appreciate it but odds are against that.

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Response to gtar100 (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 06:37 PM

2. All the portland cement concretions

...will totally mystify them 60 million years from now.

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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2019, 02:01 PM

3. The Plasticene!

You have to laugh sometimes yeah I know, it’s not funny.

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Response to lordsummerisle (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 02:21 AM

4. These will be the "minerals" of the future

Looking at million years from now. People (if they still exist) will mine these to form another type of product. I hope they find my fossil though. Kidding.

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