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Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

I had a very interesting and disturbing assignment yesterday. Marcus Eriksen is an oceanographer who works with the group that discovered the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" which due to ocean currents is a giant accumulation of mostly plastic waste in an area of the North Pacific the size of Australia.
This May, Eriksen and a few colleagues will sail to Hawaii aboard "Junk" , a sailing boat being built entirely from recycled materials in an effort to call attention to this human made environmental disaster occurring in the ocean north of Hawaii. I met up with him as he collected used bottles at a recycling center.He works with the marine researcher who discovered the "Garbage Patch" , Captain Charles Moore of the Alguita Marine Research Foundation. Capt Moore displays samples of some of the plastics they have recovered from the Garbage Soup. He told me that the plastics break down to minute particles and sea life and fish consume it. If you enjoy seafood, be forewarned.


Megan said...

That is scary, and really sad for sea
animals like the baby seals!

rita said...

Yes- sad- isnt it
humans have a great impact
on all life.
interesting stuff.