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Scientists of the Future Will Have One Word for the Present: Plastics

There's 5 billion tons out there -- enough to cling-wrap the earth.

Remains of the day.

Photographer: FERENC ISZA/AFP/Getty Images

Historians may soon be looking back at the 20th and early 21st centuries as the time of computers and the Internet, bold ventures into space and the splitting of the atom. But what will scholars in the distant future find worthy of note? If there’s anyone around with a penchant for paleontology hundreds of thousands of years from now, a surprise awaits in the stratigraphic layers containing the remains of our time.

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