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Garbage Patch

Updated on June 4, 2015

Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also described as the Eastern Garbage Patch or the Pacific Trash Vortex, is a gyre of marine litter in the central North Pacific Ocean and estimated to be twice the size of Texas. The patch is characterized by exceptionally high concentrations of suspended plastic and other debris that have been trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre. Despite its size and density, the patch is not visible from satellite photography because it consists of very, very small pieces, almost invisible to the naked eye and most of its contents are suspended at or beneath the surface of the ocean.

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Plastic Bag By Ramin Bahrani - FUTURESTATES

This short film by American director Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo) traces the epic, existential journey of a plastic bag (voiced by Werner Herzog) searching for its lost maker, the woman who took it home from the store and eventually discarded it. Along the way, it encounters strange creatures, experiences love in the sky, grieves the loss of its beloved maker, and tries to grasp its purpose in the world.

In the end, the wayward plastic bag wafts its way to the ocean, into the tides, and out into the Pacific Ocean trash vortex — a promised nirvana where it will settle among its own kind and gradually let the memories of its maker slip away.

FUTURESTATES : Plastic Bag By Ramin Bahrani

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Marina of the Zabbaleen Movie Trailer - Torch Films

Enter the extraordinary world of seven-year-old Marina. Through her magical eyes, you'll be led into the never-before-seen Muqqattam garbage recycling village in Cairo, Egypt. Marina spends her days riding flying elephants, befriending mystical pigeons, and dodging out of control butcher knives -- she even confronts an evil witch. Despite common misconceptions, all this can happen in a documentary. Marina of the Zabbaleen transforms a squalid landfill village into a beautiful, dream-like portrait of family, childhood, and spirituality.

Marina of the Zabbaleen


There is More Than 1 Garbage Patch - There are 5 gyres

What are your thoughts on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

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      DonMcCyclist1 6 years ago

      When I bring my own bags to reuse when I go shopping, I'm taking action against more bags being made. I'm grateful for collections of information on the topic such as this one. Thanks for your contributions on Squidoo!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Good and informative lens. I wish the plastic gyres were an easy problem to fix!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      WOW This is great information. It really wakes you up and shows that you have to be really careful.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very important topic and well presented, informative lens on garbage patch.

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      mermaidlife 6 years ago

      I hate swimming through this Pacific garage patch. Seriously, thanks for bringing up this topic. It is a really bad situation and we need to address it.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Its even worse now with the radioactive spill after the earthquake in Japan. I remember when plastics where just becoming popular and how wonderful it seemed......little did we know but why we continue, I just don't understand.

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      Anahid LM 7 years ago

      Hi I heard Charles Moore presentation unbelievable problem the trash creates, We have to more than we do now. Great lens, very informative. Thanks. Anna

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      UKGhostwriter 7 years ago

      incredible lens - fantastic!

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      Yourshowman LM 7 years ago

      Nice subject fr a lens. I appreciate.

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      RinchenChodron 7 years ago

      Terrible! We humans are so disrespectful of Mother Earth. Great job on this lens.

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      traceysfolly lm 7 years ago

      This is fascinating. I read a great book on the subject called "Washed Up: The Curious Case of Flotsam and Jetsam."

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      So much of the information on the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" is incredibly misleading and detracts from the real issues associated with our waste ending up in our oceans. I wish you would've included something more like this post in your summary of the subject:

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      ShamanicShift 7 years ago

      Shocking, to say the least--great lens, though!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 7 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      That is so gross that there are huge floating islands in our beautiful oceans. I would like us to collect it all and recycle it. Thanks for calling attention to this important problem.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      It makes me quite sad to hear how we are trashing the planet. I must be more concientous in doing my part to improve things.

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      enslavedbyfaeries 7 years ago

      It's unbelievable how we've managed to pollute our precious resources and endanger so many species of marine life with plastic. I'm featuring this on my plastic-free lunch box lens in hopes of educating more people about the Garbage Patch.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Interesting lens you have here! Keep it up!

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      TacTac 7 years ago

      Great lens. More information should be mainstream regarding this situation.

      And @ Nukethewhales......really? You must not have children, or any love ones at all. Sad 4 U.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hilarious... Plastics make it possible... rofl

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @annettestevenson: I agree. This is one of the most alarming environmental issues I have come across in a long time. How can a phenomenon such as this grow to such an epic proportion and still float around so unnoticed?? Was it not a bit more manageable when it was, say only half the size of Texas and only 10 feet deep. Good Grief! Let's get the word out there!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Well done, important issue. Now if governments and corporations would only do as much as people are or want to we would be well on our way to respecting this planet we call home.

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      annettestevenson 8 years ago

      This is probably one of the more underexposed parts of pollution that I've come across. Thanks for putting it out there.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is scary!

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      Very interesting - I had not heard of this.

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      Great lens!


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