Looking for microplastics on Denali | Alaska Science Forum

Two college students will soon be stuffing snow from the slopes of Alaska's highest mountain into Nalgene bottles. Their goal is to find out whether this precipitation contains tiny plastic particles that are ubiquitous across Earth.

Matthew Crisafi-Lurtsema, 20, and Roger Jaramillo, 23, are both engineering students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Now they spend their evenings sweating under weighted backpacks as they think about the food they'll need to pack for a month in snow-covered Denali.

Since the late 1970s, the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has made this column available free of charge in collaboration with the UAF research community. Ned Rozell is a science writer for the Geophysical Institute.

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