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  •  Onsite reprocessing or "mining" factories? (5+ / 0-)

    I do economic research and one of the major factors in industrial location is the proximity to raw materials. This is raw material for free, essentially. We have seaborne fish processing, why not seaborne plastic processing or mining of the resource that could eat up the gyre. Given the magnitude, it would take many years to exhaust what could be viewed in a similar fashion to a natural resource.

    Yes we did, yes we will. President Obama

    by marketgeek on Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 05:47:23 PM PDT

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    •  One proposal (1+ / 0-)
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      Is filters powered by tidal motion, but you need to consider the huge area and volume of wather to be filtered, and to cost/energy to transport wherever.

      And if you do, what material have you got and how to use it?

      Any potential application/use is on land, sooner or later you have to go from point A to Point B.

      Not a simple problem save transformation on site, ie, floating incinerator/cogeneration plants of bio-digestion.

      The first is far-fatched, the difficult at best (but I believe the most likely solution).

      Ask me about my daughter's future - Ko

      by koNko on Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 10:14:29 PM PDT

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