Great Pacific Garbage Patch satellite image
Water cover up more than 70 percent surface of the planet, making our rivers, lakes and oceans the support of our planet. Many of these bodies of water may be out of sight and out of mind, but our health may depend on their defense. The Independent telling what has become known as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch," or "trash vortex" - basically a balanced expanse of waste and wreckage in the Pacific Ocean now wrapping an area twice the size of the continental U.S. supposed to hold almost 100m tons of flotsam, this enormous "plastic soup" stretches 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan.
Great Pacific Garbage Patch size
A high-seas mission leaves from San Francisco next month to map and discover a ominous and uneven 21st-century continent: one twice the size of Texas and created from six million tons of discarded plastic. Scientists and ecologists on the mission will begin efforts to recover and recycle a monument to causal living in the middle of the North Pacific or else known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The toxic soup of garbage was revealed in 1997 when Charles Moore, an oceanographer and racing sailor, determined to travel during the center of the North Pacific gyre. Moore found bottle caps, plastic bags and polystyrene hovering with miniature plastic chips. Worn down by sunlight and waves, discarded plastic crumbles into smaller parts. Poised under the surface, these tiny garbage are unseen to ships and satellites trying to map the plastic continent, but in succeeding search Moore revealed that the chips outnumbered plankton by six to one. For more information click here.
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