Tuesday, January 16, 2018
If the wind is strong enough, it can push the ocean's surface in the direction it is blowing.
In certain locations on earth, the wind pushes so strongly that ocean currents are created. These currents move around and around in huge continuous spirals called gyres. There are five gyres ocean-wide: the North Atlantic Gyre, South Atlantic Gyre, North Pacific Gyre, South Pacific Gyre, and the Indian Ocean Gyre.
The great Pacific Garbage Patch is located in the North Pacific Gyre. It is currently three times the size of the United States (not including Alaska and Hawaii) and is full of garbage.
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Today I am reviewing a children's book by Patricia Newman entitled Plastic Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Written for Grades 4-8, Plastic Ahoy! chronicles a team of young scientists who sailed across the Pacific Ocean toward a massive accumulation of trash know as The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Using the scientific method, the team conducted many experiments they hoped would answer some tough questions. How much trash was in the Garbage Patch, and how was it affecting marine life?