Thursday, March 27, 2014

New Continent Found - Garbage Gyre II - 7

Five Ocean Garbage Gyres
Satellites orbiting the Earth have observed hundreds of pieces of flotsam and jetsam (floating garbage) on the ocean surface in the search area where missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 supposedly crashed into the ocean off Australia.

But searchers cannot tell if the debris is aircraft parts or worldwide floating debris dumped there by "civilization" unless they can get close enough to the debris so as to "put eyes on the debris" and identify it.

Complicating that, Cyclone Gillian ("hurricane" in our parlance) threatened to spread the garbage around as it prevented searchers from putting eyes on the debris for a while.

In this series about ocean garbage, which first began March 25, 2009, the anniversary of the ExxonValdez dumping of civilization's Ecstasy drug (oil) into the pristine natural gulf environment of Alaska, thereby destroying it (Exxon Spill, 25 Years of Tears, Spill Baby Spill - 3), Dredd Blog began to point out that, like the atmosphere of the Earth, the oceans also are being filled with garbage and oil pollution (Garbage Garbage Garbage).
X marks Flight 370 Garbage Gyre

Have you noticed that there is so much junk out there that they can now spot oil slicks and floating garbage from space?

And that some of those oil slicks are miles and miles long, together with large chunks of garbage up to about 80 feet in length and/or width?

The reports daily say that one "satellite spots 122 pieces" here, another "satellite spots 300 pieces" there, from 100 or more miles in space (Debris field littered with 122 objects, Satellite Detects At Least 300 Objects) in a very remote area of the ocean (shown in the graphic with the caption "X marks Flight 370 Garbage Gyre").
Albatross stomach contents: Garbage Plastic

These garbage gyres are and have been killing the aquatic life in the oceans as well as killing the sea birds that also live on the ocean surface much of the time.

Whales wash up with their stomachs full of plastic garbage, as do birds (Whale dies from ingesting plastic waste).

We continued the posts about what civilization was doing to the oceans under the current post name, in August of 2009, continuing on until January of this year (New Continent Found - Garbage Gyre II, New Continent Found - Garbage Gyre II - 2, New Continent Found - Garbage Gyre II - 3, New Continent Found - Garbage Gyre II - 4, New Continent Found - Garbage Gyre II - 5, and New Continent Found - Garbage Gyre II - 6).

The missing Malaysian Flight 370 lost in a garbage gyre seems to be a fitting metaphor to describe current industrial oil-addicted civilization (Something Does Not Add Up, Titanic Mistakes Using The W Compass - 3) because we can't seem to find ourselves because of all the garbage.

The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.

What kind of being would destroy itself by destroying what it must have to sustain its life (What Kind of Intelligence Is A Lethal Mutation?, On The Origin of Catastrophe)?


  1. The garbage out there is hampering the search: Link

  2. Secretary of State Kerry will initiate an effort to alleviate some of the murder of the oceans (Guardian).