There was a period when we were confident that the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 would be found – It was just a matter of time. People believed, against all odds, that our technologies would put an end to this mystery and conjure a commonsensical account of the circumstances that led to the crash and reveal the whereabouts of the aircraft.
For most, that once unwavering hope against hope has faded away, but not for the families of the passengers. They remain determined in their resolve to get closure. However, a heavily polluted ocean is obscuring what is an already murky case
It is hindering any possibility of finding debris. Hope glimmered in faces earlier this week when “promising” clues were found – the closest we have come to finding remnants of MH370. Alas, turns out it was just rubbish.
"Basically, the world's oceans are plasticized," explains Marcus Eriksen, executive director of the 5 Gyres Institute, a conservation group that studies the amount of plastic pollution in the planet's seas.
Kathleen Dohan, a scientist at Earth and Space Research in Seattle, Washington, says "This is the first time the whole world is watching, and so it's a good time for people to understand that our oceans are garbage dumps," further saying,“This is a problem in every ocean basin."
Here are 10 of the most common types of trash found in oceans
Search teams tirelessly scour the Indian Ocean high for any sign that could possibly lead to the missing airliner. How are they supposed to find a plane amongst what has been rendered a junkyard?