Monday, August 3, 2009

The Pacific's Great Garbage Patch

Posted By on Mon, Aug 3, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Can't wait to find out what these brave scientists discover.

What we already know: We must reduce our plastic consumption. For starters, plastic is made from oil. More importantly, it's not biodegradable.

A pair of scientific ships sets sail this month to explore another unusual ocean phenomenon: a giant floating patch of plastic. The currents of the swirling Pacific gyre northeast of Hawaii push some four million tons of plastic into a soupy mass nearly twice the size of Texas. It's killing marine life and adding to the ocean's toxic burden.

So scientists with Project Kaisei want to scoop up the plastic and put it to good use.

Read Living on Earth's interview here.

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