Located in the waters between California and Hawaii, Pacific Rim Island is a giant "plastic whirlpool" that is equivalent to two U.S. Texas, forming a landfill on the eastern Pacific Ocean. The swirling wastes are swallowed up by sea creatures such as fish and sea turtles to produce large quantities of toxins that eventually enter the human food chain through the body of the sea creatures and birds.
On September 10, 2009, according to the National Geographic Web site, SEAPLEX recently became the first expedition to the "plastic whirlpool" of the sea between California and Hawaii trip. This giant "plastic whirlpool" is equivalent to two U.S. Texas, where they found a large amount of plastic garbage on a 1,700-mile voyage that formed the dump on the eastern Pacific Ocean.
Oceanographer Charles Moore discovered the trash island when he sailed through the North Pacific Gyre in 1997. Navigators generally avoid going through the ocean circulation system because of this constant high pressure system, known as the equatorial wind band, with no wind and air currents that can give sailors any benefit.
Moore found that a large number of plastic bottle caps, plastic bags, high-frequency insulation and tiny plastic chips floating on the sea. The sun and waves break them down slowly, turning them into small pieces. The fragments were suspended beneath the surface of the sea and the ships and satellites trying to map the plastic continent could not see them at all. However, in the subsequent fishing with trawls, Moore found that the number of these fragments was six times that of plankton. So, in our daily life, we should pay more attention to the plastic recycling such as polystyrene recycling.
Scientists have now identified the cause of the formation of this super-dump. The abandoned, empty plastic bags entered the sea through the sewers, and the moving currents brought them together again, eventually forming the "garbage island" now seen. Due to the circulation of the ocean currents, the originally scattered pieces of garbage will gradually come together. Marine experts say the huge floating ashore floating ashore floats across the vast waters between California and Hawaii, consisting mainly of domestic waste, 80% of which are discarded plastic products, mainly from land, weighing up to 350 tons.