The longest floating structure in history is about to hit the ocean. It might fix a big problem.
By Laura Willard,
The design might seem simple, but it's definitely not.
In 2016, "the longest floating structure in world history" will be placed in the ocean. Don't worry — it's not another super yacht or party barge or some other contraption that will further pollute the ocean. Nope, this one is a good thing. It's called The Ocean Clean-up, and it's a 1.2-mile-long system designed to collect and remove plastic from the ocean. For two years, it will hang out in the ocean hopefully to begin undoing what we've done for decades: polluted the heck out of the water with plastic trash.
It's basically a stationary array of barriers that uses the ocean's natural currents to collect the plastic at a central location. When I first wrote about The Ocean Clean-up a year ago, I thought it was something that moved through the ocean, collecting trash as it went.
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