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A gold star for the nurseries that have stopped being glitter bugs | Jules Howard

20.11.2017
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As well as polluting our seas with microplastics, the devilish dandruff turns up all over my house and about my person - I applaud those schools banning itWhat will the rocks record about the lives we lead? What might a future palaeontologist, human or otherwise, make of the structures that will come to signify these moments in which you and I live our lives? They will notice extinctions, of course. Fossils of mammals' tusks and horns will abound in the rocks, only to disappear when we humans turn up. They will come across our mines - enormous trace fossils, perhaps the largest ever to have existed. They will see, by studying fossil pollen, that the climate changed. They will find our discarded KFC bones and they will wonder how the world supported so many chickens. And there, among it all, they will probably find that most awful of human inventions: glitter. Oodles of it - purples, pinks and reds - crushed into rocks the world over. Mineralised madness. Our lowest ebb. What will those future palaeontologists make of it? What will glitter say about us?Perhaps this is our mark in the geological strata. A post-glitter epoch that all started with a handful of nurseries Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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