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Rubbish dump found floating in Pacific Ocean is twice the size of America

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Rubbish dump found floating in Pacific Ocean is twice the size of America

A rubbish dump twice the size of the United States has been discovered floating in the Pacific Ocean.

The vast expanse of debris, made up of plastic junk including footballs, kayaks, Lego blocks and carrier bags, is kept together by swirling underwater currents.

It stretches from 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, across the northern Pacific, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=512424&in_page_id=1811
 

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Maybe,but I've checked AP News Services,CNN,BBC and the only sites saying anything about the Monster floating trash dump and there is suppose to be 2 of these the size of the U.S. are off the wall web sites.I would think that with all the satellites,military ships,cruise ships,airplanes flying over the oceans that they would have seen spotted before now...Just my 2 cents...
 

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Saw "something"

I saw something on TV about all the plastic and trash and how it coagulated together out in the ocean.

There was a story on one of the tree hugger shows. They showed film of it....Gave some wild reason that it all "stuck together" and was floating around. Something about being caught in the "Transatlantic flow" or some such nonsense....

I say, since it's out in the middle of nowhere, AND most of it won't sink or "degrade" because it is plastic, I'd day fly over it with a little napalm and IGNITE it. That should take care of most of it !!!!

But, who am I and what do I know ????

Steve/KB8FAR :confused:
 
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RESCUE4NFD said:
Maybe,but I've checked AP News Services,CNN,BBC and the only sites saying anything about the Monster floating trash dump and there is suppose to be 2 of these the size of the U.S. are off the wall web sites.I would think that with all the satellites,military ships,cruise ships,airplanes flying over the oceans that they would have seen spotted before now...Just my 2 cents...
Yeah I agree, I thin kthat artice is "rubbish."
 

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I've heard about this before. It's not so dramatic looking as a giant piece of sludge. It's just an area with a higher-than-average density of garbage. The maps make it look much different than it actually looks.
 

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RESCUE4NFD said:
Maybe,but I've checked AP News Services,CNN,BBC and the only sites saying anything about the Monster floating trash dump and there is suppose to be 2 of these the size of the U.S.
They've been reported by non-junk scientists for a while... It's not a continuous layer of junk, but it's there and there is a lot.
 

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GreatLakes said:
Could some of this be the result from all the hurricanes in recent years?
I doubt it. It's more the result of ocean currents than anything (well, except for the placing of the material there).
 

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ibagli said:
I doubt it. It's more the result of ocean currents than anything (well, except for the placing of the material there).
I know it's the ocean currents that are causing it to gather in those locations, but I was thinking a lot of the debris was dumped into the ocean from hurricanes, Tsunamis, etc. Hopefully not just from people's negligence.
 

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GreatLakes said:
I know it's the ocean currents that are causing it to gather in those locations, but I was thinking a lot of the debris was dumped into the ocean from hurricanes, Tsunamis, etc. Hopefully not just from people's negligence.
I doubt it, still. There's a lot of negligence in the world.
 

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GreatLakes said:
I know it's the ocean currents that are causing it to gather in those locations, but I was thinking a lot of the debris was dumped into the ocean from hurricanes, Tsunamis, etc. Hopefully not just from people's negligence.
Well... I don't know about today, but at least ten years ago all Navy ships just dumped their trash overboard at a certain distance out to sea. Obviously they poke holes in the bags so that most of them sink, but you have to imagine that sooner or later the plastic bags come apart from critters walking around or burrowing into them, etc. An aircraft carrier produces as much garbage as a small town does (3-4K people), so it's got to go somewhere.
 

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RC54730 said:
Well... I don't know about today, but at least ten years ago all Navy ships just dumped their trash overboard at a certain distance out to sea. Obviously they poke holes in the bags so that most of them sink, but you have to imagine that sooner or later the plastic bags come apart from critters walking around or burrowing into them, etc. An aircraft carrier produces as much garbage as a small town does (3-4K people), so it's got to go somewhere.

carriers "carry" their garbage these days on the hanger deck. Unrep has become janitor duty.
 
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