Soup of Plastics - Hlth 429 Haz Mat The Soup of Plastics...

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Hlth 429 Haz Mat The Soup of Plastics The “Soup of Plastics” is a term made up by scientists that discovered a massive waste site in the Pacific Ocean. This waste site is thought to be twice the size of the US and is growing at an alarming rate. The site is found about 500 nautical miles off the coast of California and stretches past Hawaii almost as far as Japan. There are two patches that are connected on either side of the Hawaiian Islands known as the Eastern and Western Pacific Garbage Patches. Because these masses are floating underwater, they are undetectable by satellite, and can only be seen from the bows of ships. The floating patches of garbage are formed by underwater currents that hold the garbage in place. The “trash vortex” contains about 100 million tons of trash that is being swirled around in the ocean by these underwater currents and is growing rapidly. The trash is either from land or thrown off ships and debris from wreckages. It contains anything from footballs, and kayaks, to Lego blocks and carrier bags. Everything else in
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