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08-28-2009, 07:48 AM
Scientists recently returned from an expedition into the "Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch."

The Scripps Environmental Accumulation of Plastic Expedition (SEAPLEX) crew got a close up view of the plastic debris floating in a remote region of the Pacific Ocean.

The researchers left San Diego on August 2 to visit the garbage patch, located 1,000 miles off California’s coast.

Samples of the garbage were taken for analysis.

Little has been known about the size of the "garbage patch" and its threats to marine life until the team returned from their expedition on August 21.

The research team was led by a group of Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) graduate students and was funded by the University of California Ship Funds, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Project Kaisei.

"SEAPLEX was an important education experience for the graduate students, and contributed to a better understanding of an important problem in the oceans," said Linda Goad, of the National Science Foundation. "We hope that SEAPLEX will result in increased awareness of a growing issue."

Researchers used tow nets to collect debris at various depths during their 24-hour sampling periods.

"We targeted the highest plastic-containing areas so we could begin to understand the scope of the problem," said Miriam Goldstein of SIO, chief scientist on the expedition.

"We also studied everything from phytoplankton to zooplankton to small mid-water fish."

According to the team, plastic was abundant in the region, and could easily be spotted against the deep blue water.

At one point, researchers encountered a large net filled with plastic and various marine organisms.

A number of organisms were found to be caught in some of the debris, including large barnacles, the predatory pearleye fish, and the lanternfish.

Researchers were taken aback by the amount garbage they encountered.

"Finding so much plastic there was shocking," said Goldstein. "How could there be this much plastic floating in a random patch of ocean--a thousand miles from land?"


This has been written about before, but this is a recent study.

08-28-2009, 08:48 AM
Do you know I read cabbage patch there? Of to the eyedr now :o

08-29-2009, 03:14 PM
"The Scripps team hopes the samples they gathered during the trip nail down answers to questions of the trash's environmental impact. Does eating plastic poison plankton? Is the ecosystem in trouble when new sea creatures hitchhike on the side of a water bottle? Plastics have entangled birds and turned up in the bellies of fish, and one paper cited by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates 100,000 marine mammals die trash-related deaths each year. The scientists hope their data gives clues as to the density and extent of marine debris, especially since the Great Pacific Garbage Patch may have company in the Southern Hemisphere, where scientists say the gyre is four times bigger. 'We're afraid at what we're going to find in the South Gyre, but we've got to go there,' said Tony Haymet, director of the Scripps Institution."

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Auburn Boy
09-02-2009, 01:49 PM
If Humans can do this, then Anthropomorphic Global Warming must be within our capabilities..,


Yup everyone.., my typing fingers outran my brain..,

SHould be Anthropogenic.

09-02-2009, 02:51 PM
If Humans can do this, then Anthropomorphic Global Warming must be within our capabilities..,
What the heck are you talking about AB? Am I too slow today or what?:confused1:
Anthropomorphism (pronounced /ˌćnθrɵpəˈmɔrfɪzəm/) is the attribution of human characteristics to non-human creatures and beings, phenomena, material states and objects or abstract concepts. Examples include animals and plants depicted as creatures with human motivation able to reason and converse and forces of nature such as winds, rain or the sun. The term derives from the combination of the Greek ἄνθρωπος (ánthrōpos), "human" and μορφή (morphē), "shape" or "form".

It is strongly associated with art and storytelling where it has ancient roots. Most cultures possess a long-standing fable tradition with anthropomorphised animals as characters that can stand as commonly recognised types of human behaviour.

Anthropomorphic animals are often used as mascots for sports teams or sporting events, often represented by humans in costumes.


09-02-2009, 04:57 PM
Should be anthropogenic.

And that's abundantly clear by now. Take the ocean acidification combined with CO2's rising atmospheric concentration.

Our plastic collects in the middle of the ocean, all kind of waste & fertilizer runoff poison coastal waters and there's some serious overfishing all around.

We should take better care of our world.

Ought Six
09-03-2009, 01:59 AM
Is this a non sequiturs thread?