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The seafloor is covered in trash
« on: June 26, 2013, 04:25:48 PM »
Researchers study 18,000 hours of deep sea footage, find ocean seafloor is covered in trash (Video)
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We've all seen images of trash on beaches, or floating on the surface of the ocean. But a surprising amount ends up on the deep seafloor, at depths so great that it's been very hard for us to really know what the situation is. Because it's no very practical to fund a deep sea mission just to look for trash, researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute instead decided to comb through thousands of hours of video recorded by remotely controlled vehicles over the past 20+ years, specifically looking for debris.

About 1/3 of the trash were made of plastic, more than half of those being plastic bags, which are notoriously dangerous for marine life. Next were metal objects, at about 1/5 of the total. Other common debris included rope, fishing equipment, glass bottles, paper, and cloth items.

Because of deep sea conditions (very cold water, little oxygen, few bacteria), all of this trash will likely stick around much longer than it would do on the ground.

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Offline Plu

Re: The seafloor is covered in trash
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2013, 04:30:24 PM »
Interestingly enough, this might make the sea bottom a huge treasure trove of archeological finds.
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Re: The seafloor is covered in trash
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2013, 04:32:42 PM »
I've passed square miles of floating garbage at sea, and the last time was in the early '80s, so it can only have gotten worse since then.
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Re: The seafloor is covered in trash
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2013, 04:34:14 PM »
Quote from: "Plu"
Interestingly enough, this might make the sea bottom a huge treasure trove of archeological finds.
"Our studies have concluded that vast quantities of material was sacrificed to a single god, each piece having that god's name somewhere on the item. We therefore believe that CHINA was the most important god of the era."
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Re: The seafloor is covered in trash
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2013, 04:44:46 PM »
What a shocker.
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Re: The seafloor is covered in trash
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2013, 04:48:46 PM »
Our species is so selfish we focus only on our own homes, and when magically the smoke dissipates and the trash truck takes our garbage away, it doesn't go anywhere, it disappears like a like David Copperfield making a jet "disappear".
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Offline Solitary

Re: The seafloor is covered in trash
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2013, 04:51:50 PM »
I wonder how much of it is helicopters and planes still in moth balls that were being dumped overboard during Vietnam to make the records correct?  :shock:  Believe me it happened. Solitary
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Re: The seafloor is covered in trash
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2013, 04:56:02 PM »
It's probably more of that than you think. Almost every economic model we've ever came up with makes trash something you dump, not process. As a result, we have a lot of it.
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Re: The seafloor is covered in trash
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2013, 05:00:06 PM »
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Quote from: "Plu"
Interestingly enough, this might make the sea bottom a huge treasure trove of archeological finds.
"Our studies have concluded that vast quantities of material was sacrificed to a single god, each piece having that god's name somewhere on the item. We therefore believe that CHINA was the most important god of the era."

Ha!

I snorted.

 :lol:
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Offline SGOS

Re: The seafloor is covered in trash
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2013, 05:04:25 PM »
Quote from: "Gawdzilla Sama"
I've passed square miles of floating garbage at sea, and the last time was in the early '80s, so it can only have gotten worse since then.
Some of it is a hazard to navigation, too.

Re: The seafloor is covered in trash
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2013, 05:06:38 PM »
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Quote from: "Gawdzilla Sama"
I've passed square miles of floating garbage at sea, and the last time was in the early '80s, so it can only have gotten worse since then.
Some of it is a hazard to navigation, too.
Yep, the seawater intake to our condensers were 42" in diameter. Get a load of trash into that and the engine has to be shut down while we go in and remove it by hand. If both engine get trashed you have a large warship drifting like berg.
We 'new atheists' have a reputation for being militant, but make no mistake  we didn't start this war. If you want to place blame put it on the the religious zealots who have been poisoning the minds of the  young for a long long time."
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Re: The seafloor is covered in trash
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2013, 05:12:46 PM »
Quote from: "Gawdzilla Sama"
Quote from: "SGOS"
Quote from: "Gawdzilla Sama"
I've passed square miles of floating garbage at sea, and the last time was in the early '80s, so it can only have gotten worse since then.
Some of it is a hazard to navigation, too.
Yep, the seawater intake to our condensers were 42" in diameter. Get a load of trash into that and the engine has to be shut down while we go in and remove it by hand. If both engine get trashed you have a large warship drifting like berg.
Yep, 42" is big enough to accommodate all kinds of trash.  No limit to what you can fit in there.

Offline Elohim

Re: The seafloor is covered in trash
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2013, 08:26:54 PM »
A lot of that is mine.
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Re: The seafloor is covered in trash
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2013, 11:27:57 PM »
Is there even a real solution to the problems dealing with garbage?

If only we could launch it into the Sun. Yep, it's gonna happen...eventually....maybe....  :-$
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Offline Plu

Re: The seafloor is covered in trash
« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2013, 01:38:56 AM »
Launching it into the sun isn't dealing with the garbage problem. Recycling is. And we're slowly getting there, but there's still a long way to go.
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