The information was confirmed by Charles Moore, project lead oceanographer of theAlgalita Research Foundation. The team members went on an expedition of6 months around the Pacific off the coasts of Chile and Easter Island and within the South Pacific circular current.
Researchers have discoveredanother human trash stain floating over the Pacific Ocean. This is almost the size of the Mexican Republic. The first spot was found further north, between the Hawaiian Islands and the continental United States.
Previous research has already yielded clues about the presence of this stain and thanks to recent research, there is more concrete evidence.
"We discoveredtremendous amounts of plastic. My initial impression is that our samples compare to what we saw in the North Pacific in 2007, even though that was 10 years ago. "
Charles Moore was the first to detect the famous stain of the North Pacific, in 1997. The recent investigation is still in an initial stage of data processing, but Moore believes that it could be a stain ofone million square miles equivalent to 2.5 million square kilometers.
The Pacific Ocean contains so much plastic waste that it covers an area twice the size of the United States.
How is it that a spot of this size had not been detected before?
It is a stain composed oftiny plastic particlesthat float below the surface and that appears to be not that dense. Most of the plastic found is the size of a grain of rice, or smaller, which makes it almost impossible to clean.
We are talking aboutone million plastic particles per square kilometer. There is also the presence of larger pieces, such as bags, bottles, etc.
They managed to detect it thanks to water samples taken from this part of the ocean. Much of this garbage seems to come from the fishing industry and not from common people's waste, as many of us might hope we are still not exempt from our garbage, no matter how small.
Pollution from the oceans is invading marine ecosystems. By 2050, the plastic in the oceans will weigh more than the fish in them, according to research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Animals are forced to share their habitat with a multitude of toxic particles and waste, which they inadvertently ingest or mistake for food, causing plastic to also form part of the human food chain.
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