The Great Pacific WHAT?
Posted by BPuhl on February 19, 2008
Ok, so those that know me well, would never remotely accuse of “being green”. Ah heck, ok, I’ll admit it – I drive a Chevy Suburban that reliably gets 10 mpg.
But I don’t think you have to be green to find this really disturbing:
…The gyre has actually given birth to two large masses of ever-accumulating trash, known as the Western and Eastern Pacific Garbage Patches, sometimes collectively called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Eastern Garbage Patch floats between Hawaii and California; scientists estimate its size as two times bigger than Texas [source: LA Times]. The Western Garbage Patch forms east of Japan and west of Hawaii…
Maybe you’ve heard about this, apparently it isn’t new. I never had though, until it was used as a passing reference the other morning on KROQ, and I was certain that they were (as usual) full of crap – nope, apparently the ocean is what’s full of crap, all of our crap.
So welcome to the 21st century, would you like paper or plastic?
 Yeah, so “how stuff works” may not be the greatest reference on the web, but it’s what google gave me when I “felt lucky” so it’s good enough for a blog post (more reputable data sources with a better search)