What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?
"The name “Pacific Garbage Patch” has led many to believe that this area is a large and continuous patch of easily visible marine debris items such as bottles and other litter —akin to a literal island of trash that should be visible with satellite or aerial photographs. While higher concentrations of litter items can be found in this area, along with other debris such as derelict fishing nets, much of the debris is actually small pieces of floating plastic that are not immediately evident to the naked eye."How Big Is the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch"? Science vs. Myth
"A comparison I like to use is that the debris is more like flecks of pepper floating throughout a bowl of soup, rather than a skim of fat that accumulates (or sits) on the surface."Climate change, meet your apocalyptic twin: oceans poisoned by plastic
"Five vortexes of filth now cover a whopping one-quarter of the planet’s surface. They get bigger every year."
"As our disposable culture roars along, humans are transforming the ocean into a trash-strewn, cancerous stew. At this rate, by 2050, the seas will actually contain more plastic than fish."
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