Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Plastic Soup - Pacific Garbage Dump

how much plastic do you use? where does it go?

Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also described as the Pacific Trash Vortex, is a gyre of marine litter in the central North Pacific Ocean located roughly between 135ºW to 155ºW and 35ºN to 42ºN. The patch extends over an indeterminate area, with estimates ranging very widely depending on the degree of plastic concentration used to define the affected area.

The Patch is characterized by exceptionally high concentrations of pelagic plastics, chemical sludge, and other debris that have been trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre. Despite its size and density, the patch is not visible from satellite photography, since it consists primarily of suspended particulates in the upper water column. Since plastics break down to ever smaller polymers, concentrations of submerged particles are not visible from space, nor do they appear as a continuous debris field. Instead, the patch is defined as an area in which the mass of plastic debris in the upper water column is significantly higher than average.

> more: Great Pacific Garbage Patch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pacific Garbage Dump- Nightline

Real Great Pacific Garbage Patch

This is a video I made with my US Foriegn Relations class in Zoo Academy. We spent from the beginning of november to the last day of school before christmas break on this. It was very frustrating but very informative. Please watch with respect and take note on how we are treating our ocean these days.

Charles Moore - the Great Pacific plastic trash island

The Great Pacific plastic TRASH Island. -
Please see my post on how to reduce your plastic consumption on my web site.
When are we humans going to STOP raping the Earth?? If you do have a conscience about this and want to start doing your share of “what we should have already done”, then start by – first calculating how much non biodegradable waste you generate in a week, then do a sanity check and see how much of this lands up in the ocean and land fills. Second, multiply the result by 54 weeks and think about it. It is an embarrassing and shameful situation. I will let the video do the talking..
A BBC coverage of what is happening at the beaches of Hawaii - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8639769.stm?ls (below)

BBC News - Ocean debris turning Hawaiian beach 'into plastic'

Consumer waste from the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" is turning a Hawaiian beach "into plastic", Tropic of Cancer presenter Simon Reeve has found.

Conservationist Sam Gon escorted him to the remote Kamilo Beach on Hawaii, where plastic bottles, bags, tyres, rusting petrol cans, and other waste from around the world washes up. They found more plastic particles than sand, as they dug a hole on what has been described as "the world's dirtiest beach."

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