We’ve found microplastics across our planet, and now scientists have found them at the highest peaks, on Mt. Everest.

Imogen Napper, a marine scientist at the University of Plymouth in England and a National Geographic Explorer and her team found plastics in 11 snow samples found on the peak. “I had no idea what the results were going to look like … so that really took me aback,” Napper said, “We’ve known that plastic is in the deep sea, and now it’s on the tallest mountain on Earth. It’s ubiquitous through our whole environment.”

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Microplastics were found at different points of the mountain. The largest concentration was found at base camp. 119,000 pieces per cubic meter were found in the snow there. Scientists also found plastics in the stream on Everest. Scientists think that the microplastics were from polyester fibers found in climbers’ clothes.

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