So, you can imagine my delight when Bora sent me a link to a real-time blog in the marine sciences, posted daily from none other than a research expedition to collect the plasticky plankton in the Gyre! It's the blog of the Research Vessel Alguita and here's their gig:
On January 2oth, 2008 ORV Alguita set out on a winter expedition through the North Pacific Gyre, sailing from Hilo, HI to Los Angeles, CA to conduct further research on oceanic plastic debris. The crew of 6 will collect samples for lab analysis, as well as for future Algalita Marine Research Foundation education projects.What a project! And what a blog, too, all full of day-to-day science-ey seafaring adventure!
Analysis from Algalita's September 2007 expedition shows a five fold increase in plastic quantities in the Gyre since Captain Charles Moore began his research in 1997. This next Algalita Expedition will build upon earlier data, and gather new information to provide a more complete, scientifically accurate picture of the issue's scope.
Okay, okay, so both Oyster's Garter and Deep Sea News got there first but who's competing? This is a very worthy project that should be blogged again and again. Who's next?
Update (17 Feb): My significant other just reminded me of this priceless scene from The Graduate that simply can't not be included in this post...