In an appalling exposure, the Great Lakes of America, which are the biggest source of the world’s fresh water, is not clean anymore as the microscopic plastics are playing havoc on the clean waters.
This plastic has little to do with empty plastic bottles or cans drifting along the shores. Plastic particles spoiling fresh water are microscopic, making it easy to be swallowed by fish and people drinking water from the Great Lakes.
According to the research expedition conducted by a team from the University of Wisconsin –plastics from our daily used hygienic products or household chemicals are polluting fresh waters of the Great Lakes.
Scientists carried a study along the shores of the Greats. They found thousands of tiny bead size plastic particles contaminating the water. Some of them are so small that they can be seen only by microscopes. That does not make them harmless. To the contrary, their tiny size makes them extremely dangerous for fish that mistakenly swallow them instead of food.
Researchers say, plastic works as a chemical sponge attracting toxins dissolved in water. Through a microscope even the smallest particle looks like a huge megalopolis constructed of thousands plastic microchips and toxins like PCBs, DDTs and dioxins. Even if this chemical sponge is not swallowed by fish, it floats across the lakes distributing toxins throughout the water.