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(Mother Nature Network)   Scientists studying the garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean discover an island emerging from all the floating plastic complete with beaches, a rocky coastline, an underwater mountains, reefs, and a Club Med opening in 2016   (mnn.com) divider line 55
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-07-22 11:22:22 AM  
That island looks like a raft of whirligig beetles (Gyrinidae).
 
2014-07-22 12:34:35 PM  
Wouldn't be surprised if they do (or already have) found things livin' on the garbage, too. Life, uh, finds a way.
 
2014-07-22 12:36:30 PM  
FWIW, the Garbage Patch is micro-plastic, it's not something you can see.   I wonder how many of these 'garbage rafts' you find in other parts of the ocean.
 
2014-07-22 12:36:36 PM  
hmmmm...the size of Texas?  Never ran across anything like that
 
2014-07-22 12:37:39 PM  
Heard It:
gorillaz.com
 
2014-07-22 12:38:36 PM  

LordJiro: Wouldn't be surprised if they do (or already have) found things livin' on the garbage, too. Life, uh, finds a way.


What an incredible smell you've discovered!
 
2014-07-22 12:40:39 PM  

LordJiro: Wouldn't be surprised if they do (or already have) found things livin' on the garbage, too. Life, uh, finds a way.


i read that in jeff goldblum's voice
 
2014-07-22 12:41:33 PM  
FTFA: "Charles Moore returned to the Pacific Ocean in 2014 and discovered that semi-permanent islands made of ropes, buoys and other detritus were forming in the region."

The region:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-07-22 12:47:04 PM  
Has anyone seen Lex lately?
www.comicbookmovie.com
 
2014-07-22 12:48:43 PM  
Am I the only one who thinks this might be a "good thing" that a significnt amout of the plastic garbage that is dumped in the (just pacific?) ocean eventually ends up in a somewhat consolidated location?
 
2014-07-22 12:49:32 PM  
This is all part of God's plan. After he made the heaven and the earth, he noticed that he left a big empty spot between California and Japan. Because it was a Sunday, and God wanted to watch the Packers game, he figured he'd just phone in a solution on Monday morning.

Thus did the Almighty create plastic and, being the prudent manager that he is, gave it to Adam the brown nosing employee, knowing that Adam would eventually muck it up.

Yada yada yada, ~6,000 years later now we have some new islands in the Pacific.
 
2014-07-22 12:50:53 PM  

johnny_vegas: hmmmm...the size of Texas?  Never ran across anything like that


"A patch of garbage the size of Texas" seems like a redundant description.

/like "a nuclear waste pile the height of Arizona's Joe Arpaio"
 
2014-07-22 12:51:09 PM  
I shall call it "Trashbagistan."
 
2014-07-22 12:56:03 PM  
1m0esx2939yhjwld8419obqhyb.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com

Laugh at your floating islands
 
2014-07-22 12:58:29 PM  

Tom-Servo: Am I the only one who thinks this might be a "good thing" that a significnt amout of the plastic garbage that is dumped in the (just pacific?) ocean eventually ends up in a somewhat consolidated location?


Yes.

If 35% of fish are eating it, those chemicals are winding up on your dinner plate. Either through the fish you eat, or the fish that get turned into animal feed or crop fertilizer. Also, a Texas-sized field of plastics is breaking down in the ocean sun, offgassing chemicals that you'll eventually breathe in. Enjoy your shortened lifespan!

/some people need a crisis to be about them before it "matters"
 
2014-07-22 12:58:35 PM  
I, Slam1263 the First, do hereby claim said Island of Trashlandia.

Now, get off my lawn.
 
2014-07-22 12:59:14 PM  
How soon until China claims it?
 
2014-07-22 12:59:33 PM  

Kentucky Fried Children: Laugh at your floating islands


I was kind of expecting the floating island from Life of Pi to be posted first.
 
2014-07-22 01:01:02 PM  

Slam1263: I, Slam1263 the First, do hereby claim said Island of Trashlandia.

Now, get off my lawn.


I can't wait to watch you battle Farker Billy Bathsalts for colonization rights.
 
2014-07-22 01:06:11 PM  
Life finds a way.
 
2014-07-22 01:06:12 PM  
"Mussels, clams, sea anemones and seaweed were found sheltering on this artificial island"

Save the reefs throw more plastic in the ocean!
 
2014-07-22 01:07:11 PM  
It's good the article called this an "island", because islands don't float on the water.  Unless, that is, you happen to be an elected idiot, in which case not only do they float but they can capsize if you put too many people on them....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cesSRfXqS1Q
 
2014-07-22 01:07:56 PM  

Tom-Servo: Am I the only one who thinks this might be a "good thing" that a significnt amout of the plastic garbage that is dumped in the (just pacific?) ocean eventually ends up in a somewhat consolidated location?


Not really, it is just sad that it is a good thing in the way that getting kicked in the ass is a good thing when the alternative is getting kicked in the balls.
 
2014-07-22 01:17:59 PM  
d.gr-assets.com
 
2014-07-22 01:32:13 PM  
Claims of mountains and rocky coastline and not a single picture of said objects. Where'd the rocks for the "coastline" come from? How many milk jugs are floating each rock?  Exaggerate much?
 
2014-07-22 01:32:44 PM  

brimed03: Tom-Servo: Am I the only one who thinks this might be a "good thing" that a significnt amout of the plastic garbage that is dumped in the (just pacific?) ocean eventually ends up in a somewhat consolidated location?

Yes.

If 35% of fish are eating it, those chemicals are winding up on your dinner plate. Either through the fish you eat, or the fish that get turned into animal feed or crop fertilizer. Also, a Texas-sized field of plastics is breaking down in the ocean sun, offgassing chemicals that you'll eventually breathe in. Enjoy your shortened lifespan!

/some people need a crisis to be about them before it "matters"


Not every answer, especially a good answer, needs to end with an example of what an self-important asshole you are.  Oh, wait, what am I saying.  it's Fark, and you're a lemming.

/give it a rest now and then
 
2014-07-22 01:39:07 PM  

johnny_vegas: hmmmm...the size of Texas?  Never ran across anything like that


Let us bring in the world's best deep core driller.
 
2014-07-22 01:48:47 PM  
Palestinian resettlement site???
 
2014-07-22 01:55:36 PM  

Bermuda59: How soon until China claims it?


Soon as they find a way to use it to grow food, launch missiles or recycle it into gimcracks and geegaws.
 
2014-07-22 01:58:04 PM  

ReverendJynxed: Claims of mountains and rocky coastline and not a single picture of said objects. Where'd the rocks for the "coastline" come from? How many milk jugs are floating each rock?  Exaggerate much?


I'm guessing Subby was referring to Hawaii.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-07-22 01:59:18 PM  

Pull the Plug on Grannie: Palestinian resettlement site???


The Jews will probably claim it as holy and bomb them.
 
2014-07-22 01:59:36 PM  
img1.wikia.nocookie.net

How long until it develops sentience and starts dispensing advice?
 
2014-07-22 02:01:07 PM  

Ecobuckeye: ReverendJynxed: Claims of mountains and rocky coastline and not a single picture of said objects. Where'd the rocks for the "coastline" come from? How many milk jugs are floating each rock?  Exaggerate much?

I'm guessing Subby was referring to Hawaii.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 432x324]


I wasn't getting on Subby. It was in the article. Fear mongering and hyperbole is why people don't take the chicken little "scientists" seriously.
 
2014-07-22 02:02:08 PM  
Did they find it by following signals from a radio built from plastic bottles which a professor on the island had built?
 
2014-07-22 02:04:02 PM  
"It's showing signs of permanence," Moore said. "There will be a new floating world in our oceans if we don't stop polluting with plastics."

... due to human-caused tsunamis?
 
2014-07-22 02:06:07 PM  

Big_Fat_Liar: It's good the article called this an "island", because islands don't float on the water.  Unless, that is, you happen to be an elected idiot, in which case not only do they float but they can capsize if you put too many people on them....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cesSRfXqS1Q


you obviously don't know much about 'floating islands'.  (they're notoriously hard to find)

thebestpictureproject.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-07-22 02:06:13 PM  

ReverendJynxed: Ecobuckeye: ReverendJynxed: Claims of mountains and rocky coastline and not a single picture of said objects. Where'd the rocks for the "coastline" come from? How many milk jugs are floating each rock?  Exaggerate much?

I'm guessing Subby was referring to Hawaii.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 432x324]

I wasn't getting on Subby. It was in the article. Fear mongering and hyperbole is why people don't take the chicken little "scientists" seriously.


Well, I'll be damned. It did say that - I didn't make it that far. Okay, well, that's just stupid.
 
2014-07-22 02:13:14 PM  

Ecobuckeye: ReverendJynxed: Claims of mountains and rocky coastline and not a single picture of said objects. Where'd the rocks for the "coastline" come from? How many milk jugs are floating each rock?  Exaggerate much?

I'm guessing Subby was referring to Hawaii.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 432x324]


prison labor gangs + trash bags + dump truck = win
 
2014-07-22 02:26:37 PM  

Ecobuckeye: Well, I'll be damned. It did say that - I didn't make it that far. Okay, well, that's just stupid.


it also said 'anchors' were swept out to sea by the Tsunami... really 'anchors'?  and they were 'swept out to sea' and formed 'islands'?

Moore speculates that the island formed after the tsunami that battered Japan in 2011 swept a tremendous amount of ropes, buoys, mooring lines and anchors out to sea from Asian aquaculture farms that were harvesting mussels and oysters.
 
2014-07-22 02:28:27 PM  

Sofa King Smart: Ecobuckeye: Well, I'll be damned. It did say that - I didn't make it that far. Okay, well, that's just stupid.

it also said 'anchors' were swept out to sea by the Tsunami... really 'anchors'?  and they were 'swept out to sea' and formed 'islands'?

Moore speculates that the island formed after the tsunami that battered Japan in 2011 swept a tremendous amount of ropes, buoys, mooring lines and anchors out to sea from Asian aquaculture farms that were harvesting mussels and oysters.


sea anchors are different than anchors
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_anchor
 
2014-07-22 02:36:46 PM  

brimed03: Tom-Servo: Am I the only one who thinks this might be a "good thing" that a significnt amout of the plastic garbage that is dumped in the (just pacific?) ocean eventually ends up in a somewhat consolidated location?

Yes.

If 35% of fish are eating it, those chemicals are winding up on your dinner plate. Either through the fish you eat, or the fish that get turned into animal feed or crop fertilizer. Also, a Texas-sized field of plastics is breaking down in the ocean sun, offgassing chemicals that you'll eventually breathe in. Enjoy your shortened lifespan!

/some people need a crisis to be about them before it "matters"



The quotes didn't act as a clue to a relevancy?
Would it be better to spread all the crap out for quicker consumption into the food chain, or have it consolidated in one place and have, at least part of it being insulated by itself?

Is self rightousness an important factor in changing our self destructive behaviour?
 
2014-07-22 02:48:26 PM  

brimed03: Tom-Servo: Am I the only one who thinks this might be a "good thing" that a significnt amout of the plastic garbage that is dumped in the (just pacific?) ocean eventually ends up in a somewhat consolidated location?

Yes.

If 35% of fish are eating it, those chemicals are winding up on your dinner plate. Either through the fish you eat, or the fish that get turned into animal feed or crop fertilizer. Also, a Texas-sized field of plastics is breaking down in the ocean sun, offgassing chemicals that you'll eventually breathe in. Enjoy your shortened lifespan!

/some people need a crisis to be about them before it "matters"


Fish aside, I'd be curious/concerned about ocean current changes and weather effect.
 
2014-07-22 03:25:55 PM  
no great pacific ref?

son....
 
2014-07-22 03:30:43 PM  

brimed03: Slam1263: I, Slam1263 the First, do hereby claim said Island of Trashlandia.

Now, get off my lawn.

I can't wait to watch you battle Farker Billy Bathsalts for colonization rights.


I'm going to go shave, then oil up, my entire body.

I have lost 41.375% of my Love Handles, so I think we are evenly matched.

Send money, this won't be on PPV.
 
2014-07-22 03:36:01 PM  

Pull the Plug on Grannie: Palestinian resettlement site???


Too far from Israel, Hamas' rocket hardly ever get out of Gaza before killing and maiming.

Why do you love Jews so much?
 
2014-07-22 03:37:49 PM  

Billy Bathsalt: I shall call it "Trashbagistan."


Plastic islands, for plastic people. People who have become too ashamed of their plastic surgery to leave the house can colonize Trashbagistan, where they can behold only each other, surgery freaks one and all. And if it's still too much for them, there will be plenty of plastic bags for them to suffocate themselves with.
 
2014-07-22 04:31:24 PM  
"There will be a new floating world in our oceans"

Well that`s nice.
 
2014-07-22 04:36:36 PM  

brimed03: Tom-Servo: Am I the only one who thinks this might be a "good thing" that a significnt amout of the plastic garbage that is dumped in the (just pacific?) ocean eventually ends up in a somewhat consolidated location?

Yes.

If 35% of fish are eating it, those chemicals are winding up on your dinner plate. Either through the fish you eat, or the fish that get turned into animal feed or crop fertilizer. Also, a Texas-sized field of plastics is breaking down in the ocean sun, offgassing chemicals that you'll eventually breathe in. Enjoy your shortened lifespan!

/some people need a crisis to be about them before it "matters"



Plastic is a hydrocarbon chain.  Primarily it will break down to smaller hydrocarbons and eventually to water, CO2, and small amounts of N2.  There are traces of other things in there which can be toxic, but they are tiny percent of the volume.  The primary concern with a pile of rotting plastic is not that it will poison anyone, it is that it is giving off greenhouse gasses which contribute to global warming (CO2 and hydrocarbon gasses).  The west coast of North America will be getting so much more pollution from China's polluting cities than from this garbage patch that its is not really worth worrying about this aspect. 

I don't think they are saying 35% of fish in the ocean have eaten this plastic. If 35% of the fish in the ocean were eating any significant amount of the garbage patch then the garbage patch would cease to exist in days.  I think what they are saying here is there is at least a measurable amount of plastic in this percentage of the fish sampled near the patch.  But that provides no data on what would reach our food supply.  I think the concern here is not food supply but that this will effect the fish in this area's survival rates.  Some species might be put at risk by this and it might disrupt the local ecosystem.

In response to your food supply specific examples:
Fish eats bit of plastic -> fish is turned into fertilizer (I don' t think this is common...)  -> fertilizer mixed with dirt and grows crops -> you eat crops. The amount of plastic chemicals could make it through that many steps would be so small as to be unmeasurable.

Fish eats bit of plastic -> fish is caught and turned into fish meal for farm raised fish -> farm raised fish eat this meal mixed with other meal -> you eat farm raised fish.  Again the amount of chemicals that could make it through this many steps would be microscopic.  It is not like mercury; mercury is an element which cannot be broken down by organic processes and is not cleared out by natural waste processing mechanisms in these organisms, so it ends up being concentrated.  Oil based organic chemicals get broken down, diluted, and excreted by each step so they eventually disappear.
 
2014-07-22 04:42:09 PM  

optimus_grime: no great pacific ref?

son....


Yeah, I was kind of surprised by that oversight as well. So ..
.media.comicbook.com
 
2014-07-22 06:12:19 PM  

ReverendJynxed: Pull the Plug on Grannie: Palestinian resettlement site???

The Jews will probably claim it as holy and bomb them.



YOU  SANK MY BATTLESHIP!
 
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