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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 8:03 am    Post subject: The Plastic Ocean Reply with quote

The Plastic Ocean
Staff Writer | May 10, 2012 | Economist


..New data on the amount of plastic washing around the Pacific

'MUCH of the plastic swirling around the sea ends up in the North Pacific Gyre, where four great ocean currents meet to create a swirl of water moving clockwise that is twice the size of the United States. Its less polite name is the North Pacific Garbage Patch. A new study led by Miriam Goldstein of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and published in Biology Letters has quantified the increase in scraps of plastic there between 1972-87 and 1999-2010. The number of small particles of less than 5mm in diameter floating in the areas sampled increased about 100 times (from virtually nothing). '

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