People going to the #ArcticCircle for over 400 years -- #Scientist blame #Atmosphere for depositing plastic bits in the Arctic snow
You do not suppose this little bit of #Internet #Trivia might explain things a little better?
"Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) was discovered in 1872 by Eugen Baumann, but was not fully commercialized until the 1920s and occurred in the United States."
"In total, only about 4 million people live in the Arctic worldwide, and in most countries indigenous people make up a minority of the Arctic population. Archaeologists and anthropologists now believe that people have lived in the Arctic for as much as twenty thousand years."
And then there these nearly 60 known trips to the Arctic Area. You don not suppose that they all left all their plastics at home? Or maybe some of them left their empty plastics in the Arctic Snow!
"1930–1931: Alfred Wegener's German Expedition to Greenland that led to his death at Clarinetania, Greenland halfway between Eismitte and West Camp
1930: Bratvaag Expedition, led by Gunnar Horn to Franz Josef Land, found long lost remains of Salomon August Andrée's expedition
1930–1931: British Arctic Air Route Expedition was an expedition, led by Gino Watkins, that aimed to draw improved maps and charts of poorly surveyed sections of Greenland's coastline
1931: Successful research trip by airship Graf Zeppelin led by Hugo Eckener
1931: Sir Hubert Wilkins with submarine Nautilus (failed 800 km (500 mi) south of the pole)
1931: Sixth Thule expedition led by Knud Rasmussen explores northeast Greenland
1931–1934: The Three-year Expedition to East Greenland led by Lauge Koch explores northeast Greenland
1932: Icebreaker A. Sibiryakov makes the successful crossing of the Northern Sea Route in a single navigation without wintering
1932–1933: East Greenland expedition, also known as the Pan Am expedition, a four-man expedition to continue the work of the British Arctic Air Route Expedition
1933: Russian steamship SS Chelyuskin managed to get through most of the Northern Route before it was caught in the ice in September
1935: Ushakov Island, the last piece of undiscovered territory in the Soviet Arctic, was found by Georgy Ushakov aboard the Sadko
1937: Soviet aircraft Tupolev ANT-25 made several transpolar flights
1937: Soviet and Russian manned drifting ice stations are, as of 2017, 41 scientific drift stations operating or were operating on drift ice
1937–1938: MacGregor Arctic Expedition was led by Clifford J. MacGregor and overwintered at Etah, Greenland
1938–1939: Mørkefjord expedition was an exploratory expedition to northeast Greenland led by Eigil Knuth
1946: Operation Nanook was a US cartographic mission to Thule and to erect a radio and weather station
1948: Russian scientific expedition led by Aleksandr Kuznetsov lands an ircraft at Pole
1952–1954: British North Greenland expedition was a British scientific mission, led by Commander James Simpson
1958:USS Nautilus passes under the Arctic ice
1959: Discoverer 1, a prototype with no camera, is the first satellite in polar orbit
1960: TIROS-1, is the first weather satellite in polar orbit; eventually returned 22,952 cloud cover photos
1968: Ralph Plaisted and three others reach the North Pole by snowmobile and are the first confirmed overland conquest of the Pole
1968–1969: Wally Herbert, British explorer, reaches Pole on foot and traverses the Arctic Ocean
1971: Former football player Tony Dauksza becomes the first person to traverse the Northwest Passage in a canoe
1977:Arktika, nuclear-powered icebreaker, reaches the North Pole
1979–1982: Kenichi Horie in Mermaid, was the first person to sail the Northwest Passage solo
1982: As part of the Transglobe Expedition Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Charles R. Burton cross the Arctic Ocean in a single season
1986: Will Steger and party reach the north pole by dog sled without resupply
David Scott Cowper
1986–1989: David Scott Cowper became the first person to have completed the Northwest Passage single-handed as part of a circumnavigation of the world
1988: Will Steger completes first south–north traverse of Greenland
1988: Soviet–Canadian 1988 Polar Bridge Expedition a group of thirteen Russian and Canadian skiers set out from Siberia skiing to Canada over the North Pole aided by satellites.
1992: Crossing of the Greenland inland ice from east to west by a Japanese expedition led by Kenji Yoshikawa
1993–1994: Pam Flowers dog sledded alone2,500 mi (4,000 km) from Barrow, Alaska to Repulse Bay (Naujaat), Canada
1994: Shane Lundgren led expedition that began in Moscow and proceeded north of the Arctic Circle across Siberia to Magadan
1995: Marek Kamiński unsupported walked to the North Pole on 23 May 1995 (27 December 1995, he reached the South Pole alone)
2000: Ukrainian parachute expedition to the North Pole
2002: Jean Lemire and the crew of the Sedna IV successfully navigate the Northwest Passage on a three-mast schooner, sailing from Montreal to Vancouver in five months while filming La grande traversée and four other documentaries about the effects of global warming on the Canadian Arctic Archipelago (at the time, only the seventh sailboat in history to make the legendary Northwest Passage from east to west)
2003: Pen Hadow makes solo trek from Canada to North Pole without resupply
2004: Together to the Pole – a Polish four-man expedition led by Marek Kamiński, with Jan Mela (a teenage double amputee, who in the same year reached also the South Pole)
2004: Five members of the Ice Warrior Squad reach the Geomagnetic North Pole, including the first two women in history to do so.
2006: Start of the French Tara expedition
2007: Arktika 2007, Russian submersible descends to the ocean floor below the North Pole from the Akademik Fyodorov
2007: Top Gear: Polar Special, BBC's Top Gear team are the first to reach the magnetic North Pole in a car
2007: The Arctic Mars Analog Svalbard Expedition uses Mars analog sites on Svalbard for testing of science questions and payload instruments onboard Mars missions
2008: Alex Hibbert and George Bullard complete the Tiso Trans Greenland expedition. The longest fully unsupported land Arctic journey in history at 1,374 mi (2,211 km)
2009: MLAE-2009 traversed the Arctic waters and ice between Ostrov Sredniy island of the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago and the North Pole
2009: David Scott Cowper becomes the only person to have sailed the Northwest Passage solo in a single season
2011: MLAE-2011 led by Vasily Igorevich Yelagin travelled from Dudinka, Russia – North Pole – Resolute, Nunavut, Canada
2011: Edna Elias, at the time Commissioner of Nunavut and five other women, including the mayor of Cambridge Bay walked 220 km (140 mi) from Umingmaktok (Bay Chimo) to Cambridge Bay
2011: Old Pulteney Row To The Pole, a publicity stunt sponsored by Old Pulteney whisky, organised by Jock Wishart who also operated the Polar Race
2013: Babouchka, a combination ice boat and sailing catamaran set out for the Pole. It was halted by ice. The two-man crew was rescued by a Russian icebreaker.
2015: Interdisciplinary Arctic Expedition "Kartesh" – complex arctic expedition, organized by the Polar Expedition Gallery project (later rebranded as Polar Expedition "Kartesh") in collaboration with the LMSU Marine Research Center. Research tasks: assessing the Arctic coastline vulnerability towards human impact; marine and coastal ecosystem and Arctic seas landform condition monitoring; West Arctic biodiversity research; oil oxidizing microorganism activity research; testing new methods of water areas remote sensing.
2017: Arctic Mission of two 15m sailboats led by Pen Hadow made it to 80° 10' N, sailing from and returning to Nome, Alaska.
2017: Polar Row, led by world's fastest ocean rower Fiann Paul, is the most record-breaking man-powered expedition (11 Guinness World Records). The team covered 1440 miles measured in a straight line in the Arctic Ocean in a row boat and pioneered ocean rowing routes from Tromsø to Longyearbyen, from Longyearbyen to Arctic Ice Shelf (79º55'500 N) and from the Arctic Ice Shelf to Jan Mayen.
#Humans always #Blaming everything and anything but humans.