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http://www.iflscience.com/environment/rocks-formed-plastic-found-beach Rocks Formed From Plastic Found On Beach June 5, 2014 | by Lisa Winter Every single piece of synthetic plastic that has ever been manufactured since 1950 is still in existence today, as each one takes thousands of years to break down. A recent study has indicated that plastic litter can become fused with rocks and other materials to form a new material: plastiglomerate. This material could very well become a permanent part of the geological record, forever marking humanity?s impact on the world. The results of the report were published in the journal of the Geological Society of America, GSA Today. The material has been discovered before, but it wasn?t until it had washed up on Hawaii?s Kamilo Beach, notorious for its litter, that it was studied and identified. The discovery of the Hawaii sample was made by Captain Charles Moore of the research vessel of Alguita as well as lead author Patricia Corcoran. It is believed that human campfires melted plastic on the beach, causing it to fuse to shells, coral, and sand.