For many people, the idea of a “garbage patch” in the ocean invokes images of an island of trash perched out in the ocean. In all actuality, there are several patches that are polluting the ocean and these harmful patches are comprised of many things including tiny bits of plastic, called microplastics. Microplastics aren’t always able to be seen by the naked eye. Even satellites lack the ability to pick up on these tiny plastics. Microplastics are just one of the many horrible things found in these trash mountains. Some say there are even computers floating around the ocean of garbage.
The microplastics of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch tend to make the water look like a cloudy soup. This soup comprises even larger items, such as fishing gear and shoes. It gets worse down under: the seafloor beneath this giant floating garbage pile is now having to hold 70% of marine debris that ends up sinking to the bottom of the deep. It was Charles Moore who beat oceanographers and climatologists to the trash vortex despite all of their predictions of its actual existence.
“About 80% of the debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch comes from land-based activities in North America and Asia
“The remaining 20% of debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch comes from boaters, offshore oil rigs, and large cargo ships that dump or lose debris directly into the water. “The majority of this debris—about 705,000 tons—is fishing nets. More unusual items, such as computer monitors and LEGOs, come from droppedshipping containers.”
Cargo nets and debris from ships
A dead Albatros and what was found inside its stomach
Jellyfish wrapped in a net
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