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See to the left, a mother and child, presumably, walking along a beach. As many grains of sand on this particular beach are plastic bags, tire shreds, cardboard waste, trash mutilated past recognition. This isn't the most of the trash in our oceans. The North Pacific Gyre, commonly known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is a floating dump, up to about one and a half times the size of the United States. Thisis an estimated 100 million tons of debris; a ration of plastic to sea life in this area is 6:1. GreatGarbagePatch.org
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The Great Pacfic Garbage Patch is located in the North Pacific Gyre, between California and Hawaii. It is also appropriately called thePacific Trash Vortex. There are five gyres in the oceans, which act as vortexes due to their circular current flow. Theae areas are also known as horse latitudes. It is here that this monstrosity of human refuge has formed. A monstrosity that threatens the world, and will for many thousands of years.
Plastic will plague our world for thousands and tens of thousands of years. You see, it takes 20 years for plastic bottles to degrade and 450 years for plastic bottles to decompose. Site But this is only to decompose. Plastic is a non-biodegradeable product. This means that it cannot be completely removed from existance, it just breaks into smaller and smaller pieces. No bacterium can digest plastic even. You know what this means:
This is an albatross. As you can see, none of the plastic it has eaten has been digested. People know that we cannot eat and digest plastic, but this albatross did not, nor do any other animals, such as sea turtles that eat plastic bags which look suspiciously like the jelly fish that are part of their diet.
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As you can see, this birds body is long decomposed, but muc of the trash is easily recognizable.
You see these little pieces of plastic, these are nurdles. They are little pellets of plastic that escape from plastic manufacturing factories. There are about 250 billion pounds of them manufactured annually. They have been found not only scattered on the surface of the sea and shorelines, but in the transparent bodies of jellyfish, filter-feeders, seabirds.
Obviously, plastic production and use is a pandemic in our socety and environment. Go to the Care2 Petition Site. Sign the petition and check out other ways to help protect the world in which we live in.