There's a gyre in the Pacific Ocean whose converging currents have created a sea of trash and junk that is twice the size of Texas. University of British Columbia student Michael Barton proposed in his master's degree thesis to use that junk and turn it into a manmade island.
Barton met with marine biologists, Greenpeace and engineers, according to the Globe and Mail, to help research his design. Since plastic doesn't biodegrade, it's potentially the perfect material for a manmade landmass that could in turn help foster a thriving ecosystem instead of destroy it.
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