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Monday, 21 October 2013

Marine Debris - The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Marine debris is any man-made object that enters the coastal or marine environment. From the tiniest piece of plastic to giant free floating fishing nets,ocean pollution causes many challenges for animals in the wild. The concentration of marine debris is called garbage patch.

Ocean currents and circulation pattern trap the material in a cyclone of water creating large areas of ocean trash.

There are two garbage patches located in the North Pacific Ocean. The  Great Pacific Garbage Patch is comprised of marine debris brought together by slow moving ocean currents. The patch's size is not known but some scientists estimate it to be twice the size of Texas (by the way the size of Texas is 696,200 Sq. Km.) and weighing approximately 3.5 Million Tons.
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