Great Pacific Garbage Patch

I am constantly surprised at how people have not heard of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, basically a very large patch of man-made pollution floating in the Pacific. The currents in the Pacific work together to create this patch of garbage which varies in size over time, somewhere between the size of Texas and the size of the US.

This TedTalk by Capt. Charles Moore illustrates this very well:

Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he’s drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.

I have done some amount of scuba diving (about 200+ dives) and I have almost always seen pollution of some sort or another on most dives which is very disheartening (as well as the now usual coral bleaching and falling fish populations.)

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2 Responses to Great Pacific Garbage Patch

  1. plasticdave says:

    Great post!
    The best thing to do in my opinion is tp get this issue into awareness & try to get as many people as possible active.

    1. it takes more than 400 years for a plastic bottle to decompose
    2. plastic bottles contain dangerous chemicals hazardous to our health
    3. Plastic is poisoning our oceans – http://www.physorg.com/news169927772.html

    This may be a partial solution to the problem: http://www.worldwithoutbottles.com/
    Furthermore, we should put more efforts into recycling in a global view of things.

    A person who cares A LOT

  2. Thanks for the comment, though I don’t think that plastic decomposes, it just breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces.

    Also not only are we poisoning the oceans but we are fishing them dry too.

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