28 August, 2009

Plastic Strikes Back

Have you heard about the world's largest landfill?
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch or Pacific Plastic Vortex is twice the size of Texas and contains a large amount of plastic.
Click image for animated explanation

Unfortunately the plastic photodegrades into tiny polymers that enter the food chain. Besides being carcinogenic, plastic also mimics/disrupts hormone production. Yummy.

Research vessels are now on-site.

Although many dislike having a giant clump of trash in the ocean, I love the garbage vortex. It seems we only move to action when faced with an acute problem.

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