The model of the movement of garbage in the Pacific Ocean

The model of the movement of garbage in the Pacific Ocean Facts

Figure: Path spread wreckage and debris after the tsunami in Japan that occurred on March 11, 2011.

Almost a year has passed since the day when the earthquake happened in Japan, Tohoku, and in the Pacific Ocean is still floating debris, carried away from the shore of the tsunami waves. Debris weighing about 20 tons with sea Kuroshio Current, enveloping Asia around 35 ° N, are moving to the east and covers an area of more than 3,600 km long and 1,800 km wide.

Scientists of the University of Hawaii was a forecast of further movement of the mass of waste in order to prevent a ship plying the possible danger of a collision. However, if you look at the wreckage of a holistic picture spot, it does not necessarily mean that they are in the sea as well. Their location is greatly affected by the wind and underwater currents, which makes small ships traveling in the area is extremely dangerous.

It is assumed that 95% is not sunken debris will join the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch," a whirlpool of anthropogenic waste held by the North Pacific Current. This will exacerbate the ecological situation in the ocean. Some part of the debris in a few years could reach the U.S. West Coast. Possible acquisitions of small fragments of plastic marine organisms, which will adversely affect their health.

Fig. Entire cars and homes washed away in the sea in Kesennuma, Japan.

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