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Another Giant Garbage Patch Found in the Atlantic Ocean

Posted By Brit Liggett On April 16, 2010 @ 12:00 pm In global warming | 9 Comments

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If you thought the Great Pacific Garbage Patch [2] was a nightmare, things just got worse — it has a twin. As Plastiki [3] makes its way across the Pacific to raise awareness about plastic in the oceans, scientists have found a matching patch in the Atlantic Ocean that stretches for thousands of square miles. The news doesn’t stop there — scientists warn the phenomenon is likely to exist in still more places around the globe.

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The Atlantic patch was found by the Five Gyres Project [5] hiding in a remote area of the ocean between Bermuda and Portugal’s mid-Atlantic Azores islands. Like the Pacific patch, it consists of tiny particles of plastic floating just beneath the ocean’s surface brought there by a vortex of currents. The patch also has larger debris composed mostly of plastic bottles entangled in seaweed — the researchers even caught a live trigger fish caught inside a plastic bucket.

As disheartening as this news is, perhaps it will help us all loosen our grip on plastic consumption and throw-away products. More garbage patches are likely to be found and we’ve not a clue as how to clean them up. The only action we have is prevention [6]. It seems one giant floating trash bin in the Pacific wasn’t enough to smack people into their senses but maybe the uncovering of it’s sister will help.

Via The Associated Press [7]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/16/another-giant-garbage-patch-found-in-the-atlantic-ocean/atlantic-garbage-patch-5/

[2] Great Pacific Garbage Patch: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=pacific+gyre

[3] Plastiki: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/01/plastiki-plastic-bottle-boat-unveiled-in-san-francisco/

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/16/another-giant-garbage-patch-found-in-the-atlantic-ocean/atlantic-garbage-patch-4/

[5] by the Five Gyres Project: http://inhabitat.com/2010/02/12/the-5-gyres-project-searches-the-oceans-for-new-garbage-patches/

[6] is prevention: http://inhabitat.com/waste-reduction/

[7] The Associated Press: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jH9cZIhX2TT48DGALmFr2UIVNhDQD9F3DPIO0

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