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Dani's prompt over at Poetry Jam this week is: painting a picture with words.
Humankind's imprint on
the ocean's gyres:
no words for so much shame
5 million tons of tsunami debris washed out of Japan in March 2011 flowing along the gyres (large spinning currents) to the shores of the Pacific.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, already in existence before the tsunami, is now roughly the size of Texas.
Plastic debris is frequently found in the stomachs of albatross and sea turtles. A scientist recently watched an albatross unsuccessfully try to cough up a plastic toothbrush. Whales and porpoises are often entangled in ropes and wire and driftnets.
100 million tons of plastic debris has accumulated in the ocean over the last fifty years. The mass increases by a factor of ten every two to three years.