Running the Numbers: Marine Conservation

Summertime, and the posting is ea-sy…

…and I’m cribbing from Dot Earth again. But this time, it’s actually oceanic! Artist Chris Jordan, known for his giant photomosaics showing staggering numbers of less-than-flattering artifacts of our civilization. Think Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” but with 106,00 tiny aluminum cans instead of dabs of paint. That’s the number of canned sodas and beers we drink in the U.S. every 30 seconds.

Jordan has a new series, called Running the Numbers II, and it features some even more depressing statistics from the ocean, all presented in hi-def collage: 270,000 shark teeth (the number of sharks finned every day worldwide), 20,500 tuna (the number caught by humans every 15 minutes) and my personal favorite, “Gyre”:

It’s a photo collage of 2,400,000 pieces of plastic jetsam, all collected from the Pacific Ocean. That number, 2.4 million, is the number of pounds of plastic estimated to enter the world’s oceans every hour. Click here to see all the pictures at Jordan’s website, complete with zoomed images showing the fine detail.

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