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Pacific Vortex to become habitable island?

thefickler (1030556) writes | more than 4 years ago

Earth 4

thefickler (1030556) writes "The Pacific Ocean trash dump is twice the size of Texas, or the size of Spain combined with France. The Pacific Vortex as it is sometimes called, is made up of four million tons of Plastic. Now there's a proposal to turn this dump into "Recycled Island". The Netherlands Architecture Fund has provided the grant money for the project, and the WHIM architecture firm is conducting the research and design of Recycled Island. One of the three major aims of the project is to clean up the floating trash by recycling it on site. Two, the project would create new land for sustainable habitation complete with its own food sources and energy sources. Lastly, Recycled Island is to be a sea worthy island. While at the moment the project is still more or less a pipe dream, it's great that someone is trying to work out what to do with one of humanity's most bizarre environmental slip ups."

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nice idea but (1)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 4 years ago | (#32896546)

Nice idea, but who would want to live there?

Re:nice idea but (1)

OffTheWallSoccer (1699154) | more than 4 years ago | (#32897356)

Nice idea, but who would want to live there?

The same people who will buy my bridge to GET there.

Reminds me of that new Gorillaz album (1)

Winchestershire (1495475) | more than 4 years ago | (#32901808)

Their cartoon back-story for their Plastic Beach album talks about them doing something similar (making an island out of floating junk in the ocean).

Its such low density (1)

scorp1us (235526) | more than 4 years ago | (#32902698)

The vortex is huge, but the public image is that there is a lot to it. Its not that dense. It'd be expensive to build and island and collect and recycle the stuff. Your best best is to put a bunch of oil rigs out there and solar power it with skimmers., then by helicopter/plane, transfer it to the mainland..

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