After competing in a yacht Race, Charles Moore left Hawaii to return to his home in California when he came upon a large amount of floating garbage in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The phenomenon is explained in this iMinds production, describing how ocean currents and the un-biodegradable nature of the refuse help to create this mass of garbage in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, as well as the threat it poses to marine life. With a sweet and steady tone, Elouise Rothwell explains the science behind the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, counterbalancing the fascinating environmental horror.
Learn about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. In 1997, a Californian man named Charles Moore was sailing home from Hawaii after competing in a boat race. On a whim, he decided to change course and head through a part of the eastern Pacific Ocean known as the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Known to seafarers as "the doldrums", this is an area of light or no wind and little boat traffic. Its calm weather is due to a permanent column of high pressure air, which causes the ocean for hundreds of miles across to swirl slowly towards its center.
As Moore headed into the Gyre, he started to notice an unsettling amount of debris floating in the water. The closer he got to the center, the more garbage there appeared to be, and the vast majority of it was obviously of human origin. In fact, most of it was discarded plastic.
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