Mike Mongo reveals the worlds of marine, shoreline, and in-land eco-biology
Saturday, August 19, 2006
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Did you know the planet earth now has a floating garbage "patch" at least the size of Texas, floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean? Well, we do.
Here is the link from reddit which led me to research the story in the first place. One of the comments on the hyper-linked piece stated that the above was an "urban myth," and I became interested enough to follow up. I found out the report originates from this piece in the LA Times (specifically this report), and is anything but urban myth.
There is really a massive swirling amassment of man-made refuse in the center of the Pacific Ocean. Unbelievable!
I tracked the source of all of the above to this piece in Natural History magazine. Worse, I located this entry in Wikipedia, and the true name of this developing challenge. It is The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Now you know.
Posted by Mike Mongo at 8:33 AM