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  •  Technology isn't a problem I think, (2+ / 0-)
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    subtropolis, sesquioxide

    not to get the stuff from where it is now to somewhere else.

    You need a dredge, an Archimedean screw would probably work fine, a shredder to cut the solids into smaller peices, some sieves and filters to separate the water from the solid matter and a compactor to reduce the volume. Then you need a few mammoth tankers to tranport it to a facility where it can be separated and recycled. Considering the volume, it would be an ongoing operation for a few decades, a plastic mine in the middle of the ocean so to speak. If oil prices go up enough, it might even be economically feasable.

    Obama 2008: Hope Obama 2012: Confidence

    by Calouste on Fri Apr 10, 2009 at 03:11:41 AM PDT

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