River Land Diving Pacific Garbage Patch…Not so Great

Pacific Garbage Patch…Not so Great

A few years ago, a water bottle with which I had recently ended my relationship inadvertently flew off the back of the dive boat I was riding. Really, it leapt on its own into the deep blue, enabled by blustering winds and a captain with an itchy throttle finger. I had nothing to do with its untimely demise. In fact, I despise the “art” of ocean pollution, in all its unfortunate forms.

Only now do I know the fate of the suicidal water bottle. Apparently it has joined its ancestral kin in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a hundreds, or even thousands of square mile field of wavy waste in the middle of the ocean. Capture it in a big net and bury it in Middle America’s backyard, you say? No. This patch, though huge, is spread out, making cleanup (and even identification) troublesome.

I look forward to the results of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography study on this unfortunate human contribution to the deep. Perhaps we will even learn to prevent this type of pollution in the future, or at least keep despondent dive boat trash at bay.

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