Originally Posted by EduFurtado
so, they eat the plastic and then turn it into what?
Originally Posted by sLowEnd
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.
Originally Posted by Wikipedia
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.
Originally Posted by pursuinginsanity
I've always wondered just how a landfill "fills up." Is altitude a concern, or something?
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
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