Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The World's Dump: Ocean Garbage from Hawaii to Japan

It can amaze what humans are doing to Earth.
A "plastic soup" of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an alarming rate and now covers an area twice the size of the continental United States, scientists have said.

The vast expanse of debris -- in effect the world's largest rubbish dump -- is held in place by swirling underwater currents. This drifting "soup" stretches from about 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, across the northern Pacific, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan.

Ah, plastic. Another fine benefit from oil.

Via AlterNet.



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