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It's Raining Plastic, Study Finds — And Here's Why


Unfortunately for those seeking the perfect boyfriend in Colorado, it's not raining men along the mountains — it's raining plastic. In a recent report by the U.S. Geological Service (USGS) called "It Is Raining Plastic," researchers studied rainwater samples from eight sites along Colorado's mountain range. They found that more than 90 percent of the rainwater samples contained microplastics, meaning plastic is literally falling from the sky.

The USGS conducted the study with the support of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the research was led by Gregory Wetherbee, Austin Baldwin, and James Ranville. The researchers collected atmospheric wet deposition samples from six sites along the Denver-Boulder Urban Corridor, and two sites along the Colorado Front Range, from late winter through the summer of 2017. The rainwater was filtered as it was collected, and more than 90 percent of the filters were discovered to have microplastics on them. Microplastics are pieces of plastic measuring five millimeters in length or less, and they typically come from larger pieces of plastic (or synthetic fabrics) that have broken down into tiny pieces.