Fire Earth

Earth is fighting to stay alive. Mass dieoffs, triggered by anthropogenic assault and fallout of planetary defense systems offsetting the impact, could begin anytime!

Posts Tagged ‘Garbage Island’

The Floating Toxic Garbage Island

Posted by feww on April 10, 2008

WILD FACTS SERIES: North Pacific Gyre

A patch of garbage dubbed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch floats in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in North Pacific Gyre. Depending on the source, the size estimate of the patch varies from the size of Texas to twice as large as the continental United States.

  • About 46,000 pieces of plastic float on each square mile of sea (Source: telegraph.co.uk)
  • Researcher Dr Marcus Eriksen believes the Great Pacific Garbage Patch stretches from about 500 nautical miles off the coast of California, across the Northern Pacific to near the coast of Japan.
  • According to the Independent newspaper 100 million tons of plastic garbage float in the North Pacific Gyre.


The North Pacific Gyre (top, center)is one of five major oceanic gyres. (Image Credit: NOAA)

Following are links to a series of short videos by VBS.TV.


Marine debris on the Hawaiian coast (Image Credit: NOAA)

Related Links:

An Interesting animation of how the garbage entering the ocean is caught by the gyre.

.

Posted in Bisphenol A, california, Hawaii, infertility, Pacific Ocean, plastic bags, polyethylene, PVC, Water pollution | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »