Mid-Pacific Trash Island Becomes Sanctuary For Coastal Creatures

Yahoo! News

Coastal marine species carried out to sea on debris are not only surviving, they’re colonizing the high seas and making new communities on the floating plastic detritus that make up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Scientists, writing in the journal Nature Communications, report coastal plants and animals are sustaining themselves and even reproducing in the patch, an accumulation of trash stuck in ocean currents that’s estimated to be about twice the size of Texas. More

20 Comments on Mid-Pacific Trash Island Becomes Sanctuary For Coastal Creatures

  1. The planet will be here for a long, long, LONG time after we’re gone, and it will heal itself, it will cleanse itself, ’cause that’s what it does. It’s a self-correcting system. The air and the water will recover, the earth will be renewed. And if it’s true that plastic is not degradable, well, the planet will simply incorporate plastic into a new paradigm: the earth plus plastic. The earth doesn’t share our prejudice toward plastic. Plastic came out of the earth. The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be spawned from it in the first place. It wanted plastic for itself. Didn’t know how to make it. Needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old egocentric philosophical question, “Why are we here?”

    Plastic… asshole.”

    George Carlin

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  2. In other words, they realized that most of that junk, even though the Japan earthquake may have exacerbated the situation, comes from China. Once they realize that most of the CO2 being generated is being generated by China, then we will hear about how CO2 is beneficial to plant life.

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  3. Funny, I just noticed in the sidebar of that Yahoo page that the US is the man in source of the plastic in the ocean. First time I have heard that. Maybe they meant that the US sends its plastic to China to be “recycled” and they dump it in the ocean. I couldn’t be bothered to read that article, though.

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  4. All one has to do is look on you tube for train videos. Compare a train ride through vietnam compared to a ride through norway. Or india to the US. 3rd world countries are dirty shit holes and that’s where most of this trash comes from.

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  5. Can we send Joey, and Nancy out there? They would have a wonderful life on a garbage island.

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  6. If the GPGP actually exists, someone would have filmed it from the air. Just a drone with a camera flying over it should be a great ad for getting donations. Pics, or there ain’t no such thing.

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  7. Amazing, all these years later, Watts still looks like a battlefield, but nature turns a pile of refuse into a playground!!!!!

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