May 22, 2012
The world’s major oceans are full of concerning amounts of ‘plastic waste’ that amounts to a colossal ‘synthetic soup’according to new reports from a large research ship that has set out to determine the condition of the world’s oceans.
What is known as the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’, which is essentially a large mass of trash inhabiting the Pacific ocean, is reportedly only a small extent of the contamination. In fact, the scientists have gone as far as to say that the oceans are ‘plasticized’, or laced with synthetic waste.
All in all, the crew seeks to observe how the trash affects marine life and the extent to which it is present. Led by former United States marine and Ph.D student Marcus Eriksen, the findings are quite shocking. According to Eriksen:
‘We’ve been finding lots of micro plastics, all the size of a grain of rice or a small marble,’ he stated. ‘We drag our nets and come up with a small handful, like confetti — 10, 20, 30 fragments at a time. That’s how it’s been, every trawl we’ve done for the last thousand miles.’
The startling findings, he said, confirmed his view that the oceans are heavily ‘plasticized’. Eriksen believes that virtually everywhere you go in the ocean, you will find plastic waste.
We’ll get an idea of how much is out there, what’s going on and what it’s carrying with it, in terms of toxins,’ he said.
This post first appeared at Natural Society
This article was posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 8:04 am