Plastisphere: Is it a Newer Addition to the Planet Earth?

It’s been 5 years since the geologists have been referring to the new idea of Anthropocene, a change in the history of our planet. This is the new epoch which has been proposed for encompassing the years that have had drastic effect on the workings of our planet. The basic discussion that revolves around the Anthropocene reflects the manner in which atmospheric chemistry has changed ever since the start of industrial revolution.


The effects have been studied on the terrestrial ecosystems which include different fields, plantations as well as the pastures. Quite recently the reports have revealed that Anthropocene created newer ecosystems within the oceans besides different land forms across the planet. Although the changes on the terrestrial elements have been done in the past, there have been fewer exploration and examination of these ecosystems below the oceans.

There are institutions such as Tracy Mincer from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institutions located in Massachusetts and Linda Amaral-Zettler from the Marine Biological Laboratory which is also located in the Woods Hole. Both of these researchers project the idea of Plastisphere through their observations in Environmental Science and Technology. It is evident that the floating plastic has had drastic impact on the ocean ecology and effected animals such as turtles or other sea creatures. However, it is believed that the plastic debris might just well provide a newer habitat for the organisms which may be smaller in size.