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18 diciembre 2009

That man who walks along a Hawaiian beach is Captain Charles Moore. That place is called Kamilo Beach and it is considered as one of the dirtiest beaches in the world. Thi is one of many beaches in the Hawaiian Islands that receives large amounts of debris from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, discovered by Moore a few years ago. "If we had the tools to be archeologist of plastic and to date it", says Moore, "we would find that some of the particles here are dated from the plastic era in the 1950's".

The garbage patch received wider public and scientific attention after it was documented by Charles Moore, returning home through the North Pacific Gyre after competing in the Transpac sailing race in 1997, came upon an enormous stretch of floating debris. The garbage patch may contain over 100 million tons of debris and could be as big as "twice the size of the continental United States".

In a similar experience, July 2003, environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau discovered another catastrophe in the beaches of Laysan Island. "It is paradise and hell united, a catastrophe", he said. "This is one of the most isolated places in the world and the beaches are strewn with rubbish and debris. There is one layer on the surface, but when you scrape away a little sand, you find objects which have not been manufactured since 1960". This is what he saw:

Vía: Doobybrain