Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fallout From The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

There is a mass of plastic garbage floating in the pacific. Nobody knows how big, some reports compare it to the size of Texas, and some the size of the United States. Nobody knows how much garbage is out there either. Part of the problem is that you can't see it because most of the plastic garbage is floating under the surface of the water. The fact that it is hard to see poses many problems with research, but one interesting obsticle that I came across at A Photo Editor (HERE) is how to do a story on it and present photos of the garbage. It seems that this was such a difficult task that whole stories were scrapped because of it. Photographer Chris Jordan was able to photograph some of this plastic garbage when he photographed dead albatross chicks that were fed this garbage by their parents, thinking it was food. Tens of thousands of albatross chicks die from this diet of human trash every year. Photographing on Midway Atoll, a small stretch of sand in the middle of the North Pacific, and more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, these images depict actual stomach contents of the baby birds without any manipulation. See more Chris Jordan photos HERE.

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