Tuesday, January 19, 2010
It’s January 19, mid-month. All this late fall and even into the early winter plastic has been scarce. Maybe we’re out of business? A bittersweet feeling of being “fired from our job” mixed with the pleasure of several trips to a clean beach. But the usual phenomena are at work, the California Current sweeping down from the north carries debris down, away from the coast and out into the Great North Pacific Gyre. This cool water gives us the typical summer coastal fogs—our summer air conditioning. Winter brings the weaker Davidson Current up from the south and the beach becomes loaded with plastic washed out from wetlands everywhere, and even drags stuff ashore from the Gyre. We know this by aging, marine growth and labeling.