What is The Oceanic Gyre?

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Nature finds a way, says Ive done my bit now you do yours and get rid of this stuff please, of course I have heard and read things about all sorts going into the sea but the scale is hard to get your head round, kind of like when you hear space is infinite. Apparently this was only discovered in 1997 as navigators I have read tend to avoid these areas as they lack beneficial winds and currents. The oceanographer that discovered all this also discovered that plastic breaks down into miniscule pieces which I have read called “tear drops” and “chips” and that these outnumber plankton by six to one in this area, these “chips” absorb various toxins get bigger and get eaten by fish who in turn get eaten and so on, the mans name is Charles Moore and he is of the opinion that the cost of cleaning this up is prohibitive for any country.

It seems to be accepted that getting rid of the small pieces is impossible but others are at least going to try and trawl out the bigger bits while trying to keep the catch of sea life to a minimum using special nets. Plus as well they are taking “technologies” that can convert thin plastic into diesel, to power the vessel, I didn’t even know this was possible, its possible with hard plastics too as read which is the only positive point I can glean from all this, and the fact that someone is going to try.


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