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Scientists Discovered yet another large soup like thick paste or sludge from melted plastic floating in our Pacific
Ocean. The patch found is much like the one you may of heard of called the Great Garbage Patch. This patch located is between Hawaii and Mainland Us, and this is not good news for our World's Ocean.
As many of you know we have five Oceans and our World truly are all connected to one another and just like this patch newly discovered may take Thousands of years is heal if we are lucky. When I speak of we I'm speaking on behalf of humans and animals.
The new patch was recently confirmed by a project led by oceanographer Charles Moore of the Algalita Research Foundation during a six-month voyage around the Pacific, off the coasts of Chile and Easter Island and within the South Pacific Gyre. NOAA Link:
This is a huge patch of sun bleach or melted plastic broken down fragments of rubbish. Many of the photos we see online about plastic pollution show large pieces such as bottles, caps, fishing nets, and plastic shopping bags. The newly confirmed patch does include large plastic fragments, however much of the size is more micro fragments the size of a grain of rice and confirmed is from commercial fishing industry, we call marine debris. Many of us have heard the saying overboard and this once was when a human fell of a boat, however today is more like plastic has been thrown overboard. Here is a map of the expedition:
What is a patch and how is this caused?
These areas we are calling patches are caused by giant systems of circulating currents, know as a gyres, that carry marine debris from ports, rivers, harbors, and ships on a ocean current ride until the debris then become trapped in certain areas by oceanic features, like winds or opposing ocean currents. The areas of trapped rubbish then accumulate in greater amounts over time and then we give the patch the famous name like the North Pacific Patch discovered in the 1980s.
These fields of floating plastic debris pose a treat to humans, the World's Ocean and all marine wildlife and not to mention the floating ocean debris also damage ships and infrastructures.
How much plastic is floating in the World's Ocean?
Just recently, researchers calculated that we have created 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic since the 1950s.
How is Ocean Blue working to lower this plastic pollution problem?
Our team at Ocean Blue is working many hours to remove as much plastic as possible from beaches in over 18 Cities in the United States. Everyday Thousands of Tonnes are washing onto beaches and the more we remove the less plastic fish will accidentally consume. If you think this article is useful, please share and like our facebook page: Find out more about how you can support beach cleanups, visit our website: Ocean Blue Link:
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