The Ocean's Pollution Problem

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The Ocean’s Pollution Problem There is a “dead zone” the size of New Jersey in the Gulf of Mexico in which aquatic life cannot survive (Walls – Thumma). There is a garbage patch the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean. Dead zones and garbage patches are just some examples of the horrific effects that water pollution has on life of all sorts. Every day, millions of sea critters, as well as humans, are victim to a harder life at the hand of pollution. With all the great that plastic does for humans, it has also proven itself catastrophic for all living organisms on Earth. The problem is that no single organization or country wants to lead the journey to stop the excessive amounts of pollution. All though no single country is to blame, the world needs a demanding global effort to stop the elements causing water pollution because of the extremely negative effects on animals and humans. Many people have heard of garbage islands, and continue to form a misguided image in their heads. The concept of a garbage island is largely misguided. Garbage patches are in fact largely constructed of microscopic bits of plastics. Many people envision a large landfill in the middle of the ocean. This is true in a sense that the area has a large density of plastics, but many pieces are invisible or barely visible to the human eye. When the plastics we use end up in the ocean the sun keeps breaking them down into smaller and smaller pieces. They do not go away, however, but instead they are the size of small fish and other creatures and are commonly mistaken for food. Garbage patches get created due to the poor disposal of trash and the natural currents of the ocean. According to National Geographic, The Great Pacific G... ... middle of paper ... ... Geographic Society, 2010. Web. 8 Apr. 2014. Helprin, John. "Oceans' Dead Zones Multiply." The Columbian (Vancouver, Washington), sec. WORLD/NATION: a9. 20 Oct. 2006. Web. 12 Apr. 2014. "Keep Plastic Out of the Pacific." Environment California. National Resources Defense Council, 08 Mar. 2014. Web. 15 Apr. 2014. Munro, Margaret M., "Iron Additive ' no Cure' for Warming of Oceans." The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia): A11. 2 Oct. 1996. LexisNexis. Web. 7Apr. 2014. "Plastic." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 7 Apr. 2014. Web. 12 Apr. 2014. “Pollution Prevention.” Saveourshores. Save Our Shores, n.d Web. 9 Apr. 2014. "Pollution." Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2014. Thomas, Jim. "The Big Fix." Ecologist 39.1 (2009): 22-25. Environment Complete. Web. 8 Apr. 2014. Walls-Thumma, Dawn. "Home Guides." Home Guides. Demand Media, n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2014.
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