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JimD
03-22-2018, 04:06 PM
...is estimated to be a lot bigger than earlier estimates

https://i.cbc.ca/1.4586653.1521661498!/fileImage/httpImage/image.png_gen/derivatives/original_620/ocean-cleanup-pacific-infographic.png


A new study involving scientists from around the world suggests there are more than 79,000 tonnes of ocean plastic in a 1.6 million square kilometre area of the North Pacific Ocean, often referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. That's 16 times more than previous estimates.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/great-pacific-garbage-patch-1.4582626?cmp=FB_Post_News

I think I've finally gone numb to this kind of news. Our little blue jewel floating through the Milky Way is one big garbage dump.

BrianW
03-22-2018, 04:12 PM
Love to help clean that up someday. I know there's some great people who've already started, but hopefully by the time it's viable, I'll have nothing better to do than to volunteer.

JimD
03-22-2018, 04:22 PM
And that's just one five gyres


https://ibgeoiszl.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/ocean-plastic-002.png?w=447&h=331

CWSmith
03-22-2018, 05:11 PM
A new study involving scientists from around the world suggests there are more than 79,000 tonnes of ocean plastic in a 1.6 million square kilometre area of the North Pacific Ocean, often referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. That's 16 times more than previous estimates.


So, if we rigged surface nets to be drawn behind cargo vessels, how many full cargo loads would be needed to clean up that mess? Most of it is plastic, so I'm assuming it's light. The volume must be extraordinary.

skuthorp
03-22-2018, 05:15 PM
Lot of fishing nets. Let's face it the best thing for the planet and the species we haven't killed off yet would be getting rid of us.