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It's fake. Read up on it.

It's there,just has been misrepresented.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Kaisei

"On reaching the patch, 1,000 miles from the Californian coast, New Horizon began intensive sampling on 9 August.[13] The crew took samples every few hours around the clock, using nets of various sizes and collecting samples at various depths.[14] New Horizon returned on Friday 21 August 2009.[13][15] SEAPLEX reported their initial findings on Thursday 27 August 2009, declaring that the patch stretched at least 1,700 miles across, and that from 100 consecutive surface samples taken along that 1,700 path track taken through the patch, plastic was found in every one.[15] Miriam Goldstein, chief scientist of the SEAPLEX expedition described the findings as "shocking".[16] Speaking about the patch, Goldstein added, "There’s no island, there’s no eighth continent, it doesn’t look like a garbage dump. It looks like beautiful ocean. But then when you put the nets in the water, you see all the little pieces.”[14]
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The fungus is able to grow on polyurethane in both oxygen-filled and oxygen-free environments. It then breaks the plastic down into liquid or solid forms


And these "liquid or solid forms" are?
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It's there,just has been misrepresented.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Kaisei
"On reaching the patch, 1,000 miles from the Californian coast, New Horizon began intensive sampling on 9 August.[13] The crew took samples every few hours around the clock, using nets of various sizes and collecting samples at various depths.[14] New Horizon returned on Friday 21 August 2009.[13][15] SEAPLEX reported their initial findings on Thursday 27 August 2009, declaring that the patch stretched at least 1,700 miles across, and that from 100 consecutive surface samples taken along that 1,700 path track taken through the patch, plastic was found in every one.[15] Miriam Goldstein, chief scientist of the SEAPLEX expedition described the findings as "shocking".[16] Speaking about the patch, Goldstein added, "There’s no island, there’s no eighth continent, it doesn’t look like a garbage dump. It looks like beautiful ocean. But then when you put the nets in the water, you see all the little pieces.”[14]

When I was saying fake, I meant the image of a giant pile of plastic forming a island in the ocean. That's fake and there are lots of fake images on the internet of it.
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so, they eat the plastic and then turn it into what?

Yeah. That's the problem.
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The worst is those plastic shopping bags that fill up landfills, and especially when they contain recyclable goods that were misplaced as garbage because of the bag!
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The worst is those plastic shopping bags that fill up landfills, and especially when they contain recyclable goods that were misplaced as garbage because of the bag!

I've always wondered just how a landfill "fills up." Is altitude a concern, or something? rolleyes.gif Pretty sure you can just keep, you know, adding to the top.

PS: Yes. I'm advocating Mt. Everest size landfills. We'll only need 1.
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so, they eat the plastic and then turn it into what?

My guess is a very nasty smell.
    
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so, they eat the plastic and then turn it into what?
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And these "liquid or solid forms" are?

I don't see the point of being able to eat plastic if they just excrete more plastic -.-

I thought the point was to be able to turn it into something that would degrade more quickly.

As for the "Great Garbage Island" or whatever people're saying, no - it's not an actual mass of garbage just sitting in the ocean. It's a diffuse scattering of particles and, sometimes, large objects, caught in the gyres in the Pacific Ocean.
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Despite its size and density, the patch is not visible from satellite photography, since it consists primarily of suspended particulates in the upper water column.

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography is doing some work with it in their SEAPLEX project. If there's good information to be had, it'll be there.
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I've always wondered just how a landfill "fills up." Is altitude a concern, or something? rolleyes.gif Pretty sure you can just keep, you know, adding to the top.
PS: Yes. I'm advocating Mt. Everest size landfills. We'll only need 1.
I don't think that any place wants to be the home of a landfill the size of mount everest. The point is not to just get rid of garbage, it's to try and recycle as much of it as we can so that we don't have to have huge landfills.

And I think that, most of the time, it may be more prudent to space out the garbage rather than stack it up - you can gather methane from landfills that are flat, but for one shaped vertically like a mountain, I imagine that the process would be far less efficient.
Edited by Escatore - 2/5/12 at 12:06pm
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I'm confused.... Is plastic a naturally occurring thing in the rainforest? How would something on earth be able to eat and digest a man made object.

Ever drink mountain dew?
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