In the world's oceans there a 5 large gyres. Each one of these gyres are known to be filled with trash. These gyres are, Indian Ocean Gyre , North Atlantic Gyre, North Pacific Gyre,South Atlantic Gyre, and South Pacific Gyre. The largest and most known gyre is found in the pacific ocean, and is known as the great pacific garbage patch. This garbage patch is double the size of Texas and can be as deep as nine feet in some areas. In 1971 it was suspected that only .1% of the world's trash went into the oceans. The projections today are far worse, it is expected that anywhere between 15-40% of the world's trash enters our oceans yearly. What is being done to counteract this. Well, PRI published Two proposals to clean up our oceans of garbage:
On Wednesday, July 29, a piece of an airplane was found in the Western Indian Ocean. After investigators examined the part, they confirmed that it was a right-wing flaperon from a Boeing 777, which was the same kind of aircraft Flight 370 was. The part was then taken to France to be further examined of its condition by marine biologists and engineers. They theorized that Flight 370 was still in the air, descending at high speeds, when the part broke off the airplane. However, the evidence being part of Flight 370 is still indefinite and is under investigation until further notice.
There has been much research in the effort of how to effectively clean and recycle the plastic that has accumulated in the Great Pacific garbage patch. Many studies have found that the process of actually trying to scoop up what is now a plastic soup like substance could pose a number of issues. Some researchers say that the garbage patch could possibly be half the size of the United States which would be a huge financial challenge for any country to undertake. Charles Moore, an internationally recognized expert on marine plastic pollution and the man who discovered the vortex, says “cleaning up the garbage patch would bankrupt any country that tried it” (Moore). Not only is it a huge financial challenge, but because the Great Pacific garbage patch is located a great distance from any country’s coastline, there has not been a nation to step up
In the National Geographic article “Eight Million Tons of Plastic Dumped in Ocean Every Year”, author Laura Parker expresses how violent the simple act of dumping trash into the ocean really turns out to be. This article goes into depth telling exactly what plastics pollution is causing, where it’s mostly coming from, and what you can do to decrease this problem and help save both our planet and ocean wildlife.
More than 750,000 pieces of microplastic can be found in just one square kilometer of it. Approximately 80 percent of its debris comes from land, 10 percent is made up of over 700,000 tons of commercial fishing nets, and the remaining 10 percent consists miscellaneous objects discarded by recreational and commercial ships. What is it? The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The garbage patch lies in the Pacific Ocean between the west coasts of America and the East coasts of Asia. Because the effects on marine life caused by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch are detrimental to their habitat, diet, and
More than six million tons of garbage finds it’s way into the oceans. Due to the currents, the garbage ends up in two different locations. Several hundred miles off the coast of Japan lies the Western Garbage Patch, and close to California lies the second patch, known as the Eastern Garbage Patch. Together these two patches of garbage mix to form the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Experts have identified it as part of the plane that went missing March 8, 2014. Flight 370 carried 239 people and vanished without a trace during its path from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China. The discovery of the wing flap proves that the plane crashed somewhere in the Indian Ocean. However, it was found more that 2,000 miles from where authorities originally thought the plane crashed. Authorities are searching to find more plane debris on Reunion.
The great pacific garbage patch, or garbage island, as many refer to it, is a region made up entirely of waste. It is around 20 million square kilometers (7.7 square miles) in size. This is the result of careless sailors and beachgoers constantly throwing what they do not want to hold on to into the ocean. The litter gets carried through a variety of currents moving in a clockwise direction into the north pacific subtropical gyre. There, it all adds up to form a pile of garbage twice the size of texas.
Pollution is one of the most concerning topics to talk about in today's modern world. It acts as a poison for anything that lives and breathes; it could toxify water, air, land, humans, and animals, and is not to be taken lightly.
In this book, Newman discusses debris in the ocean, specifically the North Pacific Central Gyre. She describes how vast and calm the gyre is and states how it almost appears a “liquid desert” (pp.15). Newman explains how people expect this gyre to be a patch of floating garbage, but in reality, it looks clean since the plastic floats just below the surface. She mentions how the debris rarely escape the gyre due to strong currents. Lastly, Newman states how the debris is mostly plastic pieces that have “broken down into pieces no bigger than a kernel of unpopped popcorn”
Although the ocean covers approximately two thirds of the Earth’s surface, it is surprisingly susceptible to human influences. The effects of rubbish dumping have tainted our oceans and they have taken their toll on the vast marine environments and the populations in which they contain. Rubbish dumping involves depositing all the waste materials from factories and industries, tankers and ships and sewerage waste materials into the oceans and seas. In the report “Causes and Effects of Ocean Dumping”, the author Sharda states that “The wastes that are dumped into the oceans tend to have toxic substances which soak in all the oceanic oxygen. This
In “Better Planet Garbage Patch”, Thomas Kostigen tells his experience of traveling to the Eastern Garbage Patch to witness this growing problem first-hand. Kostigen describes this area to be one and a half times the United States with a depth of 100 feet or more (Krostigen). The size of this garbage patch is so massive, encompassing around ten million square miles of the North Pacific Gyre. On the other hand, according to “An Ocean of Plastic”, Doucette claims that nobody knows its exact size or if it has any boundaries at all. (Doucette). Although there have been many estimations on the size
Society tends to blame the fisherman for the trash that turns into marine debris. They are wrong. According to the California Coastal Commission, “Only 20% of the items found in the ocean can be linked to ocean-based sources, like commercial fishing vessels, cargo fish or pleasure cruise ships. The remainder (80%) is due to land based sources like litter (from pedestrians, motorists, beaches visitor), industrial discharges (in the form of plastic pellets and powders), and garbage management.”. Fisherman and other trained workers in the oceans are not the only