"5Gyres"

Dale Selvam Reports on Plastic Pollution in the Pacific Ocean
/ July 17, 2011 9:20 am

Dale Selvam Reports on Plastic Pollution in the Pacific Ocean

We are very privileged to have a guest blogger this week:  Dale John Selvam is out on the Pacific Ocean aboard the Sea Dragon, the wonderful sea going vessel that is devoted to plastic debris research.  This is the same vessel that Andy Keller spent 6 weeks sailing through the South Pacific Gyre as part of the 5Gyres Exploration.  Dale’s descriptions [&hellip

Andy Keller, Aboard The Sea Dragon – Part 3
/ April 1, 2011 5:02 am

Andy Keller, Aboard The Sea Dragon – Part 3

Journal Entry xc Friday 4/01/2011 Roughly 1,000 miles off the coast of Chile and 600 miles to the center of the gyre, the trawl samples have become increasingly plastic.  Tonight, March 31st at 4:00 AM, the trawl picked up our first piece of macro-plastic, plastic that is not in tiny fragment form.  At first, we didn’t realize what we were [&hellip

On The Ocean – 6
/ March 31, 2011 8:26 am

On The Ocean – 6

High times and clean seas Noon position: 32 41.54 South, 86 39.97 West Another glassy morning, water slick and still, with an almost oily sheen indicative of these ocean dynamics. We’re in a high pressure system, about 600 miles from the center of the accumulation zone. Light, variable winds force us to motor along, occasionally grabbing ahold of opportune gusts [&hellip

On The Ocean – 2
/ March 26, 2011 9:56 am

On The Ocean – 2

Noontime position: 37 54.7 South, 74 04.3 West We’re underway! 11 of us stand on deck, soaking in the stunning view as we navigate our way through the gorgeous channels that wend lazily from Valdivia to the sea. Picturesque little villages break up the thick, green forests bordering us on all sides. A perfect day for setting sail — and [&hellip

/ March 26, 2011 9:32 am

THIS WEEK: March 26, 2011

FIRST Off: I think one of the the biggest stories this week is 5Gyres expedition to the South Pacific Gyre. Andy Keller is part of that team. Andy plans to keep us informed about the trip. Here is Andy’s first post on March 21st. 5IMDC.org: Another huge story was the 5th International Marine Debris Conference held this week in Honolulu, [&hellip