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Trash in Transpacific Yacht Race
Besides the atypical weather in this year's 2225-mile Transpac ocean race, another element that is starting to appear for everyone is more disturbing: floating debris. Many boats are reporting sightings of floating objects of many varied types and sizes.

This problem of the debris in the North Pacific has prompted a major project based in the Netherlands that is pledged to help clean up this trash: The Ocean Cleanup. Partnering with Transpac 2015, The Ocean Cleanup has organized a major data collecting exercise called The Mega Expedition, where Transpac boats heading back to the mainland after the race will proceed along transit lanes aligned on lines of latitude and record what they see, as well as take samples. This is being described as the largest scientific experiment in history, since it will involve 36 boats returning to Califiornia, and hundreds of participants on the project.

The Ocean Cleanup will use this data to help design its floating boom apparatus that will help collect the trash for later disposal.


 
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