Posted by Rojas @ 11:54 am on August 29th 2010

Awesomely bizarre idea of the day

My least-favorite man-made phenomenon, other than Social Security, is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Essentially, several thousand miles of the north-central Pacific–an area somewhere between the size of Texas and the size of the entire continental US–have become the permanent gathering place for a miasma of non-biodegradable plastic gathered together by ocean currents.

Despite the frequent use of the name “Garbage Island” to describe this festering canker sore on the face of the planet, the area is not technically an island–you couldn’t, for example, stand on it, and there are places within it which are actually indistinguishable from normal seawater to the naked eye. Well, these magnificent bastards want to change that by gathering the crap together and actually building a REAL island out of it. Like, with agriculture and buildings and stuff. On which people would live.

2 Comments »

  1. According to their requests for help, apparently all they need to do is, uh, like, you know, figure out how to do it.

    And I sure hope the lack of any mention of freshwater production capacity doesn’t mean that they think they’ll just use ocean water for all that agriculture and habitation.

    Comment by Jerrod — 9/4/2010 @ 11:03 am

  2. Details, details.

    Comment by Rojas — 9/4/2010 @ 8:14 pm

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