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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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Ayanna Jordan

on 29 January 2013

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Transcript of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Also known as the Pacific Trash Vortex) Why is it there? What About Cleaning It Up? Cold Hard Facts The great pacific garbage patch is also know by the media as "garbage island"
The garbage patch is dense and thick enough to be walked on by humans
Plastic debris is also washed up on the shore of surrounding countries
No feasible way has been found to "remove and recycle" the garbage patch
Wildlife Effects This large amount of garbage in the Pacific is hugely impacting our environment and the organisms in it
Sea Turtles mistake plastic bags for a tasty jelly fish
Many marine birds and fish mistake debris for food and are found dead with hundreds of different types of debris in their digestive system
Each year over 1.5 million Black-footed Albatross are found with plastics in their digestive system
Those Clusters of Garbage look like small issues right? Look a Little Closer Look even more closely! The trash vortex is gyre of marine debris in the Northern Pacific Ocean (a similar one is in the Atlantic Ocean also)
It can be seen from space via satellites as colored masses in the ocean
There are 3 main areas of the Garbage Patch
The vortex is composed mostly of non- biodegradable plastics, chemical sludge, discarded fishing nets, buoys, and other human debris such as toothbrushes, shoes and other plastics Where the garbage patch is located is a convergence zone for currents
The currents here causing debris to be pulled into this area and stay swirling in this area, and not being able to be released accumulate here
The debris from Japan, North America and other Pacific Countries is all washed into this one area
This turtle mistakes a plastic bag for a yummy jelly fish Wildlife Effects How This Effects Us... The debris leaches a lot of harmful chemicals into seawater
This is ingested into fish and other marine organisms (ie: plants, plankton etc.)
Then humans consume these fish and in turn ingest these toxins leached from our own garbage
This also effects our bipshpere as a whole (which we are a vital part of)
In 2009 research began on how to feasibly gather and recycle the debris that is floating in the Pacific
Skimming the surface can be potentially harmful with the amount of potential "bi-catch" of other sea life when skimming for debris
There is not yet a feasible way to collect the microscopic and VERY small piece of debris
Clean up "brainstorming of ideas" is still going on and ships have been sent out in 2010 and 2012 in order to further asses the debris A young albatross with debris in its digestive system This seal will die entangled in these nets of starvation Wildlife Effect (Continued) This discarded fishing net will lead to the turtles demise What fish near the garbage patch see... This is a random water
sample from the Great
Garbage patch Next Time Think About Where... Your Stuff Is Going
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