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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

A detailed analysis and research of the great garbage patch. Information which hopefully leads to a solution.

santiago martinez

on 5 December 2012

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Transcript of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Cleaning up The Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Santiago Martinez Prior to My Involvement with The Great Patch, I referred to the patch as the"Islands of Trash" because I believed people's exaggerations when they said there were mounds of trash floating in the pacific.
Thus I assumed it would look like
this... What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean. Marine debris is litter that ends up in oceans, seas, and other large bodies of water. I'm not alone, a lot of people also think it looks like this. THE TRUTH ABOUT THE PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH LOCATION Middle of nowhere. MYTH: "It's the size of Texas"
The area of the patch is difficult to determine, because the patch moves around a lot and it is difficult to agree on where to draw the line between ocean and contaminated ocean. Saying its the"size of Texas" is a bit inaccurate. Yet it does indeed cover hundred of thousands of square miles. -Since I believed it looked like this I thought it
would be a great idea to figure out how to clean
the ocean of these "mounds of trash".
-I assumed it couldn't be extremely complex to clean the ocean from these large masses of trash.
-I was so wrong.... I made a terrible assumption.
Cleaning it up is more complex, and will use more resources and money than I had originally predicted THE SIZE ABOUT THE TRASH 100+ million tons of trash currently in the ocean. (16,666,666 elephants)
6.7 million tons are deposited into the ocean every year. 1,116,666 elephants
Patch is mostly plastic, roughly eighty percent.
It is estimated that the trash is located at
depths of 300 feet.
10% of the plastic made every year ends up
In the Ocean. Facts and Statistics But before I get into that let
me tell you... The numbers were well over expectations It gets worse...
-Plastic Imposes a
Huge Problem Where is the trash coming from? Everywhere. All nations are contributing to the patch. Nobody is innocent. The Plastic in the ocean goes through Photodegradation.
-Essentially, the sun's rays dry the plastic to the point that it shatters. The result is countless miniscule bits of plastic. Therefore instead of forming
mounds, the trash instead is
breaking up into pieces that cant
be seen by the human eye. With this information I started taking into account
the three biggest challenges of cleaning it up.
-Patch is extremely far away and covers a lot of land
-Millions of tons of confetti plastic to clean up
-Cleaning it up is a low priority , therefore there are extremely limited resources and money to clean it up Narrowing down solutions... Naturally getting rid of Trash

-In March of last year scientist discovered a plastic-eating bacteria in the North Atlantic Ocean
-little is known about the bacteria, for all they know it could threaten aquatic life -currently scientist are researching its capability. I believe if controlled this bacteria is capable of playing a huge role in cleaning up trash in trash infested waters Trapping/Filtering the Trash

-A recently invented drone is capable
capturing sea garbage like a butterfly
-It uses infra sound to help navigate
away from schools of fish and larger
underwater objects.
-innovative idea yet it would take a huge amount of drones to even dent the amount of trash in the ocean. (not sure how much one costs) New innovative ways to find trash. The G8 Robotic Fish
Designed to find trash and report it to scientist.
The robotic fish are able to communicate with one another and automatically swim back to the base when battery power is getting low Option 2: Prevention through policies? -Make policies that will create new regulations that will improve our wast system?
-Create a phenomenal recycling system?
-enforce such policies in every coastal region surrounding the pacific ocean?
-I can see California doing it but i doubt 2nd or 3rd world countries would agree to such terms.
The Truth is there is no golden bullet
that will be able to remove the trash.
In the beginning I though there would
be a relatively basic way to clean the trash but circumstances have shown
its complicated. So complicated that I think it will take years to make a plan that would combine some of the methods I have shown you. After going through multiple methods of cleaning it up I have concluded that... In The End... THE END THE END Sources:
Photos: Google.
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