Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Swirling plastic vortex menaces sea life

What happens to plastic stuff that gets tossed into the ocean? Swirling plastic vortex menaces sea life discusses a huge vortex in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and the U.S. Mainland. This vortex is full of plastic refuse in various stages of decomposition. The plastic is poisoning the animals, and as it breaks down the constituent chemicals become part of the ocean. Most of the chemicals in plastics are persistent, meaning they take a long long long time to completely break down.