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March 16, 2009

Media Watch

Filed under: Nature watch — Jocko @ 5:35 pm

The world’s rubbish dump: a garbage tip that stretches from Hawaii to Japan!

 By Kathy Marks, Asia-Pacific Correspondent, and Daniel Howden at The Independent newspaper, London, UK.

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Independent graphic

A “plastic soup” of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an alarming rate and now covers an area twice the size of the continental United States, scientists have said.

The vast expanse of debris – in effect the world’s largest rubbish dump – is held in place by swirling underwater currents. This drifting “soup” stretches from about 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, across the northern Pacific, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan.

Charles Moore, an American oceanographer who discovered the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” or “trash vortex”, believes that about 100 million tons of flotsam are circulating in the region. Marcus Eriksen, a research director of the US-based Algalita Marine Research Foundation, which Mr Moore founded, said yesterday: “The original idea that people had was that it was an island of plastic garbage that you could almost walk on. It is not quite like that. It is almost like a plastic soup. It is endless for an area that is maybe twice the size as continental United States.” For the complete story, go to “trash vortex”

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  1. Apropos to this post, a meeting about “Sustainability… Where Do We Go From Here?” will take place at the Community Hall, upstairs on March 26 at 7:30 pm. Come and find out where with Neil Dawe.

    Comment by Jocko — March 18, 2009 @ 5:22 pm

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