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Mike Munoz
Garbage Patch
11 February 2016

Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Did you know that about 80 percent of the debris in the Great Pacific Garbage
Patch comes from North America & Asia, the other 20 percent come from
boats,which leave about 750,000 pounds of fishing nets in the ocean(Mark). 90
percent of trash in the ocean are plastic pieces that are outnumbering sea life six
to one(Mark).”Captain Charles Moore was the first to notice the Great Pacific
Garbage Patch in 1997. Then a racing boat captain, he was sailing from Hawaii
to southern California when he stumbled upon “plastic as far as the eye could

The Pacific Garbage Patch is a problem to which I can contribute a
solution by educating my peers on this situation. Educating people is a very
effective way because you are informing them about this massive issue that the
news is suppressing. Also, this could create a chain reaction in which the
informed people can pass on this important information that I am teaching them.

a slow moving spiral with high-pressure air currents(SIlverman) and are filled with millions of pounds of plastic trash that goes down 100 feet from the surface of the ocean. it's already twice the size of the state of texas and over the last 35 years we have quadrupled the amount of plastic waste in the ocean. The marine animals confuse plastic as food.2 According to Mark Mccormick. two hundred thousand albatrosses die from consuming plastic as food and one million marine animals die from being caught in plastic debris.For example. The centerpiece of the garbage patch is a result 93 percent of americans six or older would test positive for BPA(Lynn).as a result the animal dies from blocked arteries(Silverman). the plastic waste has caused about 13 billion dollars worth of damage to beaches and ocean habitats! we cannot ignore this massive issue because there are very serious consequences if we do not make a change. thus it can only break down into smaller pieces. According to the website take-part. Underneath the Garbage Patch lies a subtropical gyre. because it is the most effective way to collect plastic items(Dunning). which is not biodegradable. One easy solution to reduce the garbage patch would be to simply pick up waste. plastic chemicals can be absorbed by our body. This is very freighting considering that we humans are the ones that are feeding this cancer. For example. The garbage patch is a massive problem.This . the Pacific Garbage Patch is twice the size of texas and it stretches for hundreds of miles.

"The Great Pacific garbage patch has a huge mass of microplastics. 2015. Dwyer. On the bright side." TakePart. "To Clean up Ocean Plastics Focus on Coasts. if they put plastic collectors around china(Dunning). 2016." EurekAlert! Imperial College London. The Ocean Cleanup team has found out that they can remove at least 31 percent of microplastics. 09 Feb.which plans to deploy plastic collectors around the region(Dunning). Infact. Works cited Dunning. Web. there is an amazing project to help remove plastics inside the garbage patch and around coastal beaches.000 Plastic Water Bottles. 20 Aug. Hayley. LIz. Dr.which is set to end in 2025. The project is called. 18 Jan. Not the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. 2016.3 solution works seeing that around 80 percent of the trash comes from the land(Mark). 09 Feb. "See the Whales Swimming in an Ocean of 70. but the largest flow of plastics is actually off the coasts. they have already started on this ten year project. Web.”The Ocean Cleanup”. . Sherman from Imperial's Grantham Institute said. where it enters the oceans". 2016.

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