02 July 2021
Vol 373, Issue 6550

About The Cover

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COVER Plastic waste is accumulating rapidly in our environment and will leave a geological signature like fossils or archaeological remains. Here, we see an illustrated record, not to scale, of a region's past and the plastic consumer waste that will eventually leave a permanent mark on Earth's history and carbon cycle. See p. 34.
Illustration: Sam Falconer