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Inhabitat Sets Sail With the 5 Gyres Project to Explore Plastic Pollution in Chile
Posted By Brit Liggett On March 3, 2011 @ 3:09 pm In Recycling initiatives,Water Issues | 1 Comment
Hello from south of the Equator! I’m excited to announce that I’ve been chosen to be a crew member on the latest 5 Gyres mission , which will study plastic pollution (like the debris in Punta Arenas, Chile in the photo above) in the south of Chile. 5 Gyres is an organization that seeks to study plastic pollution in waters around the world, report on the problem, and attempt to provide solutions – with the northern Pacific gyre  currently clocking in at twice the size of the United States, it’s clear that plastic pollution is a huge issue. Electrolux  has sponsored my journey and I’ll be bringing Inhabitat readers updates straight from the Sea Dragon sailboat  about what we find – read on for more info on our trip!
I’ve just met up with the crew of the Sea Dragon in Puerto Williams, Chile  — the southern most town in the world — after a day of rest in Punta Arenas, Chile . Our boat will set sail from Puerto, Williams — weather permitting — on Friday morning, and we’ll be exploring the southern coast of Chile to document any and all incidents of plastic pollution that we find. In addition to the northern Pacific gyre there are 5 gyres around the world, and one is off the western coast of southern Chile. Winds sweep across the south Pacific, and a lot of the plastic ends up in the jagged coastline of southern Chile.
No one has explored this watery  region for plastic pollution before, so the crew of the Sea Dragon and I will be blazing a new trail. I’ll be blogging from the boat about our adventures and will report back on everything we find. From Puerto Williams, we will sail north along the coast and end our mission in Valdivia, Chile  on March 14th. I’ll be interviewing the two scientists on the boat, the 5 Gyres employees, and other crew members about their experiences studying plastic pollution in the oceans – stay tuned to Inhabitat.com for my first hand account!
+ Electrolux 
+ 5 Gyres 
+ The Sea Dragon 
Inhabitat Writer and Video Producer Brit Liggett  was chosen by Electrolux  to be a crew member on the latest 5 Gyres  expedition. She is traveling along the southern coast of Chile helping the crew of the Sea Dragon  study plastic pollution along the Chilean coastline. This post is sponsored by Electrolux
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/inhabitat-sets-sail-with-the-5-gyres-project-to-explore-plastic-pollution-in-chile/brit-on-boat/
 5 Gyres mission: http://5gyres.org/
 northern Pacific gyre: http://5gyres.org/what_is_the_problem
 Electrolux: http://www.electrolux.com/
 Sea Dragon sailboat: http://www.panexplore.com/about-us/vessel
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/inhabitat-sets-sail-with-the-5-gyres-project-to-explore-plastic-pollution-in-chile/boat-2/
 Puerto Williams, Chile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Williams
 Punta Arenas, Chile: http://www.google.com/search?aq=f&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=punta+arenas+chile
 watery: http://inhabitat.com/water/
 Valdivia, Chile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valdivia
 + Vac From the Sea blog: http://www.electrolux.se/Innovation/Campaigns/Vac-from-the-sea/
 Brit Liggett: http://www.electrolux.se/Innovation/Campaigns/Vac-from-the-sea/Brit-Liggett-from-New-York-is-Electrolux-New-Crew-Member/
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