Fascinating – “the longest floating structure in world history”

21 Oct Fascinating – “the longest floating structure in world history”

I find this article, sent to me by a fellow Beaufortonian, an interesting read and thought you might too.  As an aside, last year I was fortunate to meet an Italian woman who created a huge art work that was a strong statement about all of the plastic floating in the sea.  Her piece was shown at the United Nations in New York City. – BK

 

In 2016, “the longest floating structure in world history” will be placed in the ocean.

UPWORTHY / BY LAURA WILLARD – Don’t worry — it’s not another super yacht or party barge or some other contraption that will further pollute the ocean.

Nope, this is a good thing.

 

It’s called The Ocean Cleanup, and it’s a 1.2-mile-long system designed to collect and remove plastic from the ocean.

For two years, it will hang out in the ocean, hopefully to begin undoing what we’ve done for decades: polluted the heck out of the water with plastic trash. It’s basically a stationary array of barriers that uses the ocean’s natural currents to collect the plastic at a central location.

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Image by The Ocean Cleanup.

Image by The Ocean Cleanup.