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Giant garbage patch floating in Pacific

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posted on Nov, 5 2007 @ 05:45 PM
I never thought the earth was polluted as this !

TextAn enormous island of trash twice the size of Texas is floating in the Pacific Ocean somewhere between San Francisco and Hawaii.

This is a good link :" target="_blank" class="postlink"> v02.htm

Too bad as for recycling goes

[edit on 5-11-2007 by Grinder]

posted on Nov, 5 2007 @ 05:59 PM
Opps, here is the good link sorry !

Trashing the Oceans

posted on Nov, 5 2007 @ 06:02 PM
I guess this junk is caught up in the doldrums and can't be flushed out. But yes, this is a sad commentary on the poor ecological health of our oceans. I wonder if there's any way we could get ships to harvest and recycle this stuff?

posted on Nov, 5 2007 @ 06:10 PM
I also wish someone could go pick it up but :

The trash stew is 80 percent plastic and weighs more than 3.5 million tons

I guess that is a lot of poo floating out there !

posted on Nov, 5 2007 @ 06:15 PM
reply to post by Grinder

Well, if the gov't hired people to clean it up, it would probably be job security for about one hundred years or so!

posted on Nov, 5 2007 @ 06:20 PM
I got more here !

North Pacific Gyre

TextThe centre of the North Pacific Gyre is relatively stationary region of the Pacific Ocean (the area it occupies is often referred to as the horse latitudes) and the circular rotation around it draws waste material in. This has led to the accumulation of flotsam and other debris in huge floating 'clouds' of waste which have taken on informal names, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the Eastern Garbage Patch or the Pacific Trash Vortex.

Just for your info Thanks !

posted on Nov, 5 2007 @ 06:20 PM
Reminds me of the story I read some time ago of the millions of condoms that gelled into an ocean float. There was a name for this phenom that I cannot remember. CRS.

posted on Nov, 5 2007 @ 06:25 PM
reply to post by jpm1602

Haha, sex on the beach is not without its consequences!

posted on Nov, 5 2007 @ 06:39 PM
I found a lecture on Google Video that talks about plastics in the ocean, and at about 16:00 into it, he talks about the Great Pacific Gyre. This video is amazing. And scary.

Google Video Link

[edit on 5-11-2007 by MajorMalfunction]

posted on Nov, 5 2007 @ 06:41 PM
Here's the latest satellite image of it:

Ooh, what a burn!

posted on Nov, 5 2007 @ 06:42 PM
Thanks for that MajorMalfunction !

I will look at it now

posted on Nov, 5 2007 @ 07:15 PM
MajorMalfunction, thanks, that was a really good video, and yes scary indeed.

Good find ßro !

posted on Nov, 5 2007 @ 07:24 PM
That's sis to you.

I hadn't heard of this problem before -- I'm surprised there isn't a special on the Discovery Channel.

I went to Google Earth but couldn't find any pictures of it, just a dot in the ocean showing where it was.

posted on Nov, 6 2007 @ 12:57 AM
Yes! Convergence of like materials. That was it! Bizarre none the less.

posted on Nov, 6 2007 @ 01:01 AM

Originally posted by Nohup

Ooh, what a burn!

You must either be a Pom or a Kiwi

For a few seconds I was staring at that picture trying to see where the pile was and then it clicked....doh.

It burns alright but you get a star.

[edit on 6-11-2007 by Grimholt]

posted on Nov, 6 2007 @ 01:47 AM
Fascinating. Since there are several gyres out there in the ocean, does it stand to reason that there could be more garbage patches such as this?

posted on Nov, 6 2007 @ 04:34 AM
I heard this a little while ago.
it is quite disturbing indeed. 3.5 MILLION tonnes, goodness me.

to be honest though, isn't it a good thing that it is converging? i mean it may not look pretty in such a large blob like that but it would be easier to maintain and clean, which i sure hope will happen some time soon.

this really need major attention drawn to it to give the Govm'nt a kick up the backside. If not that then at least some private conservationists. at least they would set an example.

and yes, burn indeed.

highest pollution volume per capita woo!

posted on Nov, 6 2007 @ 02:30 PM
Continent-size toxic stew of plastic trash fouling swath of Pacific Ocean
Are we literally turning into plastic?
Swirling plastic vortex menaces sea life

Sri Oracle

posted on Nov, 12 2007 @ 03:51 AM
reply to post by MajorMalfunction

Thanks for the link on the video.

Its very disturbing to know that plastic absorbs contaminate, so not only is it debris to start with, but carries with it additional unwanted pollution.

Mankind is showing, that we can allow conditions to go beyond critical, and wont do anything about unless we absolutely have to. And even then, it appears that its business as usual.

Thanks for bringing this up. Ill add to that, ocean dead zones, and it paints a rather bleak picture of abuse to date. Its time for action, the question is what to do.


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