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Tiny beads of plastic particles discovered in remote Snowdonia lake

Environmentalists describe the latest discovery of microplastics as ‘horrific’ in a lake near the peak of the highest mountain in Wales. 

Conservationists collected samples from the water and they found tiny beads of plastic in the remote lake Llyn Glasyn, near the summit of Snowdon. 

According to expert Dr. Christian Dunn, from Bangor University, these tiny plastic particles are thought to have fallen down into the water via raindrops. 

The professor added, the particles could also have come from plastic litter that has been broken down,

New research discovered three pieces of microplastic per liter in the lake but that figure shot up to eight particles at the river’s estuary at Porthmadog, Gwynedd, reported the BBC. 

Dr. Dunn told the news site, ‘The results are scary when you think that this is at the top of a mountain and a very remote location.’

‘I should be surprised because it is so horrific, but sadly I’m not.’

‘However we have to wake up to the problem of how much plastic we use on a day-to-day basis,’ he added.

Laura Sanderson carried out the analysis by collecting samples while swimming from the source of the river to where it opens out to the sea. 

Laura Sanderson collected the samples (Picture: PA)
Laura Sanderson collected the samples (Picture: PA)

Her findings were then analyzed by experts at Bangor University, who are continuing to research the area to determine the full picture of how the microplastics enter the water.

These findings are now being analyzed at the Bangor University, which is currently researching the area to determine how the microplastics actually entered the water. 

Dr. Dunn added that a more detailed analysis of the lake would ‘almost certainly’ find yet more plastic particles.

According to the Snowdonia National Park Authority, the plastic litter on the mountain is a huge issue, which sees volunteers picking up nearly 400 bags of waste each year.

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