Yum, Plastic Soup!


Imagine you’re on a boat exploring the Pacific ocean.  Then all of a sudden you notice a huge Island in the distance.  This is not a regular island though.  This island is made of plastic and trash about the size of Texas.  This not only exists, but there are two in existence in the Pacific ocean.  They are known as the “Pacific Plastic Trash Gyres“.  These gyres have trapped an immensely large amount of plastic and trash inside the Pacific ocean’s underwater currents.  Garbage and plastic literally flows in huge underwater vortex beneath the surface.  The western garbage patch is a little north of Hawaii and the eastern garbage patch is located east of Japan.

Many are skeptical to the existence of these trash gyres because they cannot be seen from the surface.  The gyres are vortexes composed primarily of densely compacted plastic that can be seen underwater.  When researchers have gone to look at the gyre they see vasts amounts of plastics and trash underwater.  Some of the garbage and plastics do float to the surface, but not a significant amount to make it noticeable from boats or satellites.  Check you this youtube video, which shows scientists in the Pacific ocean getting a first hand look at the gyre.

Most of the trash in the Pacific ocean gyres is plastic.  Since plastic is not biodegradable, it is broken up through the process of photo degradation.  All of the plastic just breaks down into smaller and smaller plastic molecules, and will remain as a plastic based molecule.  The large amount of plastic in the water is causing humans to eat their own plastic through bioaccumulation.  Bioaccumulation of plastic starts by there being a large amount of plastic molecules in water.  Plankton then eat some of these plastic molecules.  A fish then eats that plankton who has consumed plastic.  The food chain goes on until humans are eating fish that have plastic inside of them.  People are creating this problem for themselves.  Humans create 100% of the plastic that ends up inside the ocean, therefore we are the only ones that can put a stop to it.

Many people do not know that the Pacific Plastic Trash Gyres exist, and this environmental crisis is going unnoticed. So spread the word!  Let everyone know about this crisis that is ending up in our food.  Just think, do you want to be eating plastic soup?


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