Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Seas of Plastic - The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

My friend, Gary Bridges, sent out an email today suggesting that people should Google the name "Capt. Charles Moore" and check out the two online videos that he has released. Here are the links:



Some have dubbed it the world’s largest “landfill” – actually a huge water-bound swath of floating plastic garbage that is twice the size of stated of Texas. Trapped in an enormous slow whirlpool called the Pacific Gyre, a mostly stagnant, plankton-rich seascape spun of massive competing air currents, this Great Pacific Garbage Patch in some places outweighs even the surface waters’ biomass six-to-one.

The following animation shows how the Pacific Ocean's currents flow:


For more information, go to the Algalita Marine Research Foundation's website: