Originally Posted by Bill Lee
"sea garbage patch". There's lots of pretty pictures. And words. The Wikipedia description indicates why it can't be seen from space. Should we believe everything we read? No. But why are so we so quick to discredit something unpleasant and believe cr*p just because it sounds nice? Cheers,
Bill, I've googled this plenty. I've sailed/motored through what should have been ground zero (in the NE Pacific). I've talked with lots of others who have also sailed in the area.
What you find in google is perhaps 50% hyperbole, and includes misleading photos (for example, a guy in a kayak
in the middle of a landfill dump, cropped to imply he was in the middle of the pacific).
It can't be seen from space, yes, I know that, and have read all the explanations. It can't be seen from five feet off the water
either, unless you are talking about the occasional bit of floating trash. One sailor I've spoken with did see an area with significant floating debris, but it was hardly Texas-sized -- a few acres, perhaps. The towed net expeditions seem to be the best way to get a handle on the truth of the situation, and the results (that I've seen) so far haven't been particularly spectacular.
Trash in the ocean is a bad thing. Trash on the beach is bad too. I'm hardly going to argue with that.
But the presentation I was asked to watch starts off with the woman making obviously wrong or misleading statements, either because she is ignorant of the truth, or because she is using misleading hyperbole to to stir up interest in her cause.
When people try this on me I tend to ignore them. When the topic is one that I actually care about, I get upset by this behavior. Ultimately, you don't help your cause by lying about it. At least that's what I would like to believe.