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North Atlantic Garbage Patch. The North Atlantic garbage patch is an area of man-made marine debris found floating within the North Atlantic Gyre, originally documented in 1972.[1] The patch is estimated to be hundreds of kilometers across in size,[2] with a density of over 200,000 pieces of debris per square kilometer.[3][4] The debris zone shifts by as much as 1,600 km (990 mi) north and south seasonally, and drifts even farther south during the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, according to the NOAA.[2] Research[edit]

North Atlantic Garbage Patch 5 Gyres – Understanding Plastic Pollution Through Exploration, Education, and Action. The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating "Ocean Cleanup Array" As the policy director of the ocean conservation nonprofit, I can tell you that the problem of ocean plastic pollution is massive.

The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating "Ocean Cleanup Array"

In case you didn’t know, an ocean gyre is a rotating current that circulates within one of the world’s oceans – and recent research has found that these massive systems are filled with plastic waste. There are no great estimates (at least scientific) on how much plastic is in the ocean, but I can say from firsthand knowledge (after sailing to four of the world’s five gyres) that it’s so pervasive it confounds the senses. Gyre cleanup has often been floated as a solution in the past, and recently Boyan Slat’s proposed ‘Ocean Cleanup Array’ went viral in a big way. The nineteen-year-old claims that the system can clean a gyre in 5 years with ‘unprecedented efficiency’ and then recycle the trash collected. Photo by Stiv Wilson/ It’s a great story, but it’s just a story. The sea is cruel and it’s really really really big Why so bitter? Plastico.jpg (Image JPEG, 2000x1299 pixels) - Redimensionnée (61%) Boyan Slat. This Galactic Mass of Soccer Balls Were Found in Oceans Around the World.

Indian Ocean Garbage Patch. Clean Ocean Action: Be the Solution to Ocean Pollution. PlasticPollution's Photostream. Nature Laughs Last At Glass Beach [38 PICS] Close-up view of the colored glass beads mixed in the sand at Glass Beach near Fort Bragg, CA.

Nature Laughs Last At Glass Beach [38 PICS]

The photographer noted, “Glass Beach is not an official park or attraction – there are no signs pointing the way to the shoreline.” He added, “In addition to the polished glass, Glass Beach provides an excellent point of access to the rocky northern California shoreline, with the furious waves crashing against the craggy outcrops.” Photo #1 by Matthew High Starting around 1949, the people of Fort Bragg used the area around this beach was a public dump. By 1967, authorities realized what a huge mistake that had been and planned another dump site away from the ocean. The state parks department took over the 38-acre site in 2002, so that this beach of sea glass is now part of MacKerricher State Park.

Marine Research Foundation - Marine Research, Education and Restoration. TCOP HOME » THE CLEAN OCEANS PROJECT. Chaîne de PlasticPollution. Charles Moore: Sailing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Capt. Charles Moore on the seas of plastic. Garbage Patch. Plastic Pollution Coalition. Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The area of increased plastic particles is located within the North Pacific Gyre, one of the five major oceanic gyres.

Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex, is a gyre of marine debris particles in the central North Pacific Ocean located roughly between 135°W to 155°W and 35°N and 42°N.[1] 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.[2] Despite its size and density, the patch is not visible from satellite photography, nor even necessarily to a casual boater or diver in the area, since it consists primarily of a small increase in suspended, often-microscopic particles in the upper water column. Discovery[edit] Charles J. Formation[edit] In 2012, Miriam C. The Majestic Plastic Bag.

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