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8th floating continent designed to recycle plastic waste


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8th floating continent designed to recycle plastic waste

Did you know that our nature needs to clean up just like human beings do?  Do you know how we can do it?

A large and floating research lab has been designed to clean up the oceans. The research lab is called the 8th Continent.

The 8th Continent is designed in a way that it can collect the plastic from the oceans and recycle the same. The structure of the lab is divided into five parts. They have living quarters to greenhouses, everything in one place.

The floating continent has won the 2020 Grand Prix Prize for its architecture. It allows the researchers to live and work there full time.

Working of the floating continent

The 8th floating continent is a marine station that floats in the ocean current. It is designed as a living organism that is independent in nature.

It hosts a number of activities, but its most important mission is to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

What is Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a garbage patch which includes plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a 900,000 square mile area consisting of plastic waste.  The patch is being cleaned using large nets collecting the plastic waste. After collecting the waste, it is sorted and put to recycle in the housing quarters of the floating continent.

This might be a dream yet, it will prove to be very helpful in the future.

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