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Bigg_Budd
02-22-2010, 18:04
I'd heard about the "island" of trash the size of Texas that collects in the Pacific, but I'd never seen any images/video. I always thought it was a huge collection of randomness that you could see from the air, or physically walk on.

It turns out that it's not a solid mass of trash, although there are the occasional chunks. It's much worse. It is mostly a soup of plastic bits in varying stages of decomposition that covers a MASSIVE area.

These little bits of plastic basically wreak havoc on the marine life. They ingest the plastic, the plastic chemically bonds with the animals and their food. It is devastating.

Here is a story from CNN.com about VBS.tv. It chronicles their trip out to Garbage Island, and what they saw. TOXIC: Garbage Island - CNN.com (http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/02/16/vbs.toxic.garbage.island/index.html)

If you have time, go out to VBS.tv and check out the whole story. It's a three part video, and to save you time, skip vid 1. It's basically the story of the crew and how they get on each others nerves. In vids 2 and 3, they actually arrive at garbage island. You will be shocked at what you see.

Here is some more info from Wiki: Great Pacific Garbage Patch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_Garbage_Patch)

I'm never drinking from a plastic bottle again.

inventor
02-22-2010, 18:18
Yeah I been whinin' about the Pacific Gyre for a while.:smiley5:

Las Vegas Divers Forum (http://forum.lvdivers.com/showthread.php?12486-Eco-Thread-Conservation-Conversation&highlight=thread)

This is the link to the Eco Thread on LVDivers.

creativenomad
03-29-2010, 19:23
I saw the trash patch featured on several news shows. It really makes me think every time I use plastic. I have to say I have changed my way of shopping. I now bring my own bags and use a stainless steel up for my trips to Starbucks.

sfbluestar
03-29-2010, 19:41
Didn't Al Gore visit that island only about 6 weeks ago?? I recall reading some news about it about that time...

inventor
04-15-2010, 19:46
Now there's another one! And it's right behind you! Aaaaaauugghhhh!

A 2nd garbage patch: Plastic soup seen in Atlantic - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100415/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/cb_atlantic_ocean_junk;_ylt=AsoES7DETW8qIYxkpXnSTl kPLBIF;_ylu=X3oDMTJuZHBmc3QzBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwND E1L2NiX2F0bGFudGljX29jZWFuX2p1bmsEY3BvcwMyBHBvcwM2 BHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcnkEc2xrA2EybmRnYXJiYWdlcA)--

So, at this point we're just kinda standin' around watchin' the planet bleed out?