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September 24, 2007 2:40 AM Subscribe
The North Pacific Trash Vortex
posted by chuckdarwin (67 comments total)
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- Researchers have discovered
area of (mostly plastic) rubbish floating in the Pacific Ocean
On the most recent episode of QI, Fry posed this question: "what is the largest man-made object in the world?" The answer: The North Pacific Trash Vortex.
The North Pacific sub-tropical gyre covers a large area of the Pacific in which the water circulates clockwise in a slow spiral, which tends to force any floating material into the low energy central area of the gyre. Given its size, I tried looking for a satellite image of it, but have failed so far. Anyone know of one?