AB0847058 - The Pacific Garbage Patch


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This slideshare presentation is about the Pacific Garbage Patch. Forming more than fifty years ago, the Pacific Garbage Patch's mass has collected approximately one million pounds of garbage and plastic causing it to be almost double the size of Texas. The garbage and plastic that make up this large mass endanger any sea life that may inhabit it.

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AB0847058 - The Pacific Garbage Patch

  1. 1. The Pacific Garbage Patch AB0847058
  2. 2. http://www.greece-map.net/north-america/north-america-map.gif
  3. 3. Brief Information <ul><li>The Pacific Garbage Patch has been around for more than fifty years. Over that time period, more than one million pounds of garbage has collected in the North Pacific gyre. </li></ul><ul><li>The Pacific Garbage Patch has grown to be almost double the size of Texas. </li></ul><ul><li>The garbage, plastic, and plastic particles that make up the gyre endanger the sea life that surround it on a daily basis. </li></ul>Link to YouTube video “Garbage Island” http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt-MivNezes&feature=related
  4. 4. Plastic to Garbage Ratio
  5. 5. Wildlife Affected <ul><li>The Albatross is a type of bird that is known to be a scavenger, and feeds whatever it finds to its young-garbage, plastic, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Almost half of Albatross chicks have died from consuming plastic and garbage fed to them by their parents. </li></ul><ul><li>This specie of bird is slowly going to become extinct if this garbage chaos continues. </li></ul><ul><li>The Albatross are one of many species in danger of the Pacific Garbage Patch. </li></ul>http://www.mountaininterval.org/photos/images/18-roll/15-falklands-steeple-albatross-and-chick.jpg A L B A T R O S S
  6. 6. Pacific Garbage Patch compared to Texas www.locallender.info http://www.mindfully.org/Plastic/Ocean/Trashing-Oceans-Plastic4nov02.GIF
  7. 7. Where the Garbage comes from
  8. 8. Plastic <ul><li>Plastic does not biodegrade, it photodegrades. This is a process by which plastic is broken down by sunlight into smaller pieces, but still remains plastic. The problem with this is that there is so much plastic floating in the Pacific Garbage Patch that it breaks down into such small pieces that it would be almost impossible to retrieve. The worst part being that it sinks to the ocean floor, and becomes more edible for smaller aquatic life. </li></ul>http://images.google.ca/images?hl=en&q=Water Bottle&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi
  9. 9. Chain Effect http://i.pbase.com/u49/rtwo/large/ 40835063.AcquariumII.jpg http://www.littlecatzhome.net/chongt er/Articles/life/Plastic/01.jpg http://www.helixcharter.net/department_sites/soc ialscience/honors_geo/student%20w ork/Period%203%20websites/3m oldewatpol/images/plastic%20ocean%20trash.jpg Floating garbage is consumed by jelly fish and other organisms, which in turn is consumed by the fish that we eat. http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://bp2.blogger.com/_m8XL235t5cM/R44JcafhPqI/AAAAAAAAAZo/kJ49xKS2Jag/s320/Human%2BBody%2BOutline.jpg&imgrefurl=http://darthbode.blogspot.com/2008/01/true.html&h=320&w=177&sz=8&hl=en&start=17&um=1&usg=__Vyp598gI51Ep6pWA8o66mIZz68Q=&tbnid=jD3frhq-uMTw6M:&tbnh=118&tbnw=65&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dhuman%2Bbody%2Boutline%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26channel%3Ds%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DG
  10. 10. Works Cited <ul><li>“ Moore.” Mindfully . 27 October 2002. 22 September 2008 http://www.mindfully.org/Plastic/Ocean/Pacific-Garbage-Patch27oct02.htm </li></ul><ul><li>2. Silverman, Jacob. “Why is the world’s biggest landfill in the ocean?.” 19 September 2007. HowStuffWorks.com http://www.science.howstuffworks.com/great-pacific-garbage-patch.htm 22 September 2008 </li></ul>