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Atlantic Garbage Patch on Good Morning America

February 2, 2010

Today on Good Morning America you can see an interview with Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins who are currently amid a voyage to the Atlantic garbage patch. The couple are part of a crew that have traveled from the US Virgin Islands to Bermuda and are now on their way to the Azores to collect trash, take scientific samples and document their voyage.

Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen, co-founders of the 5 Gyres Project

They’ve created an incredible website called 5 Gyres that will eventually have information about all five garbage patches. Yes that’s right. There aren’t just two patches but five–most of them are relatively unexplored.

If you want to keep up to date on the voyage, they’re blogging at BlueTurtle. Some of the photos are stunning–like the one where they show a rubber boot they found all the way in the middle of the ocean. Or the beaches strewn with plastic. It’s pretty incredible and reminds me, sadly, of my time in the Pacific Garbage Patch.

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