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Garbage Garbage Garbage!

I’m sure most of you guys have heard of the island of trash sitting out in the Pacific Ocean. It is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Maybe you heard it as a myth, but it is NOT a myth. Not only is the island of trash real, but it is estimated to be twice the size of Texas. This island is created by trash floating out into the ocean being caught by the North Pacific Gyre and getting stuck inside. It has added up tremendously over the years. It is a real problem and I feel that if we don’t do any action about this soon, then it will be too late.

Samples have been done on the water there and some samples found 6 pieces of plastic to 1 plankton. This is devastating since the plankton is essentially the basis of the oceanic food chain. Not only will this effect that ecosystem, but it will effect us. Phytoplankton are an immense contribution to protecting the Earth from too much carbon in the air as they absorb carbon dioxide and they live in mass numbers, but I’m getting off topic, so I will leave you guys at that.

With less plankton in the ocean, that means more carbon dioxide stays in our atmosphere. Think about your trash and where it will eventually ends up. If not in the landfills, then on our precious oceans.

David Dang

Update
Once trash is in, it can NOT get out naturally. Due to the currents vortex-like spinning, it is basically a one way street. Trash comes close to the gyre and eventually gets picked up by the current and then becomes stuck inside.

We could go there and try picking all of it out, but that would costs a lot of resources, and then what would we do with trash? We can’t just put it in a landfill, that doesn’t solve much.

Here are some helpful visuals:

Estimated Size

GPGP

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