08 Apr '11, 6am

What can 28,000 rubber duckies lost at sea teach us about our oceans?

What can 28,000 rubber duckies lost at sea teach us about our oceans?

Today the North Pacific Gyre is also home to what has been called the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch , a massive island of floating debris, mostly plastic, that the gyre stirs like a giant pot of trashy soup. (A short documentary about the gyre paints a pretty grim picture.) Though the rubber ducks have helped raise awareness about the gyre, most of what makes up the garbage patch is hardly so cute. Most of it consists of tiny plastic fragments and chemical sludge, but just about anything that floats which people discard can be found there.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/sto...

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