Ban Dumping Trash Into the Oceans

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3/26/19

      Trash in the oceans. Seems unrealistic to many. You may think, "Oh, it goes into a landfill." It doesn't, in some places. The Hudson River is one of the dirtiest rivers in the world. Until 1934, trash was dumped into the Hudson River. Now, trash still gets into the oceans due to illegal dumping and littering.

      Recently, beaches were trashed by plastic washing up on shores on many islands. The US may be to blame.

      The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is growing. It is 16 times larger than thought. The Eastern Garbage Patch is hundreds of miles wide, and the Western Garbage Patch equally large. They are also really dense, having many pounds of garbage for every square meter. The Convergence Zone is not as dense, but still very littered. Also, 70% of the garbage sinks to the bottom of the ocean. The ocean floor may as well be a dumpster. On average, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is 1.6 million square kilometers (617,763 square miles). And trash is also sinking a little bit under the surface, so it is impossible to measure the area.

      Also, this trash will be absorbed by plankton (not the one in Spongebob), which fish eat, which is harvested and eaten by us, ending up in our food. So, we are harming ourselves. There are many other ways we can contaminate our food with our trash, but they all do the same thing: harm the earth.

     There are many things in it, from Legos to TVs, and books to watermelons. A majority of this stuff is fishing nets.

For more information, visit National Geographic.