What is Plastic? August 8th in the Garbage Patch
When we woke up on August 8th, we had traveled more than one thousand miles. The tension was rising on the New Horizon because the mantas continued to have small bits of plastic in them, but the scientists really wanted to reach the highest area of accumulated plastic within the North Pacific Gyre. So it became a waiting game. As the waiting game ensued, the mantas, dip netting, and visual observations continued, and the acoustic array continued to be deployed. By the 7th day, I not only fully understood what constituted the North Pacific Gyre, but I also learned a lot more about plastic. I knew that many plastics are made from oil and that they contained chemicals that were bad for us. Thanks to Chelsea I started to understand the extent of all the harmful effects these can have on life: both the actual constitution of water, the organisms and how it can work its way up the food chain to us. www.diveintoyourimagination.com/news/the-garbage-patch/wh...
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