Did you know? The Great Garbage Patch

full story @ www.sciam.com

Much of our plastic ends up floating in the North Pacific

In 1997 Captain Charles Moore, founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, set sail from Hawaii and discovered, in a remote part of the North Pacific, an island…made of plastic.
Moore measured about 300,000 tiny pieces of plastic per square kilometer back then, but a decade later there are approximately 2.3 million pieces of plastic per square kilometer. What is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now the size of the United States, according to Moore.

Wind and ocean currents sweep up this garbage and deposit it in this slow-moving gyre.

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