WOTY season has sprung upon us

David Barnhart dbarnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Wed Oct 1 22:11:05 UTC 2014

Here is a word not yet in dictionaries.  PLASTIGLOMERATE:


Now researchers have discovered an unexpected way that some plastic waste is
persisting: as a new type of stone.

The substance, called plastiglomerate, is a fusion of natural and
manufactured materials. Melted plastic binds together sand, shells, pebbles,
basalt, coral and wood, or seeps into the cavities of larger rocks to form a
rock-plastic hybrid. The resulting materials, researchers report in the
journal GSA Today, will probably be long-lived and could even become
permanent markers in the planet's geologic record.  Rachel Nuwer, "Future
Fossils: Plastic Stone," The New York Times (Nexix), June 10, 2014, Science
Times sect., p D5


This term might fit in the category of BRAND-SPANKING NEW.





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