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Mired in the Gyre

29 Mar 2004

I mentioned the North Pacific Gyre a while back, but the subject bears some more discussion. This is an area between Hawaii & Oregon, about the size of Texas, where the ocean currents meet to make kind of a giant, moving whirlpool. This is where an awful lot of our nasty unbiodegradable plastic trash ends up.

Preliminary, and widely-ignored studies show that there are about 6 lbs of plastic for every pound of sea life, and that the minute particles are causing all kinds of vile mutations in the local fauna (from fish to marine mammals to birds). Yechhy yech!

As I tell Rapture Boogie now every time we throw away a piece of plastic wrap, styrofoam, or a broken toy, "Another piece of plastic for the gyre, to make little Nemo and his friends sick!"

Natural History Magazine ??Sailing through the Gyre »

Charles Moore's article on his original voyage to sample the gyre »

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