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Posted By: Bruce Gibbins
Posted On: Saturday January 11, 2020 at 12:59 AM
 
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Like the message or not, the truth is that right now this very moment
there is a garbage continent twice the size of Texas, floating around on the north central Pacific Ocean.

"The patch is actually "two enormous masses of ever-growing garbage". What has been referred to as the "Eastern Garbage Patch" lies between Hawaii and California, while the "Western Garbage Patch" extends eastward from Japan to the Hawaiian Islands. An ocean current about 6,000 miles long, referred to as the Subtropical Convergence Zone that connects the two patches of marine debris particles in the north central Pacific Ocean.
The collection of plastic and floating trash originates from the Pacific Rim, including countries in Asia, North America, and South America. The patch is actually "two enormous masses of ever-growing garbage". What has been referred to as the "Eastern Garbage Patch" lies between Hawaii and California, while the "Western Garbage Patch" extends eastward from Japan to the Hawaiian Islands. An ocean current about 6,000 miles long, referred to as the Subtropical Convergence Zone, connects the two patches, which extend over an indeterminate area of widely varying range, depending on the degree of plastic concentration used to define the affected area.
The vortex is characterized by exceptionally high relative pelagic concentrations of plastic, chemical sludge, wood pulp, and other debris trapped by the currents of the North Pacific. Researchers from The Ocean Cleanup project claimed that the patch covers 1.6 million square kilometers. The plastic concentration is estimated to be up to 100 kilograms per square kilometer in the center, going down to 10 kilograms per square kilometer in the outer parts of the patch. An estimated 80,000 metric tons of plastic inhabit the patch. Some of the plastic in the patch has been found to be over 50 years old, and includes fragments of and items such as "plastic lighters, toothbrushes, water bottles, pens, baby bottles, cell phones, plastic bags, and nurdles". It is estimated that approximately "100 million tons of plastic are generated [globally] each year", and about 10% of that plastic ends up in the oceans. The United Nations Environmental Program recently estimated that "for every square mile of ocean", there are about "46,000 pieces of plastic".
A similar patch of floating plastic debris is found in the Atlantic Ocean, called the North Atlantic garbage patch.

Reference: wikipedia.

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Message thread:

do we like animation? by John Barry #46184
An almost unique and certainly a poignant method of warning us that by Bruce Gibbins #46184.1
well there you go...I was thinking how cool it would be to have a gorilla driving a front loader (EOM) by John Barry #46184.2
Imagine how cool the gorilla would feel driving a front end loader & all the chicks he could score. (EOM) by Bruce Gibbins #46184.2.1
PICs - As word begins to circulate of the new benefits package, by John Barry #46184.2.1.1
Very well done. (EOM) by John Kuvakas #46184.3Moderator
<yawn> This pretentious clown is about as preachy by Mike DeTorrice #46184.4
Like the message or not, the truth is that right now this very moment by Bruce Gibbins #46184.5
This really does hammer home the message. We need these wake up calls. (EOM) by Jack Dodds #46184.5.1




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