The largest Garbage Patch is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch which lies in an area between Hawaii and California. It is roughly twice the size of the state of Texas in the US, but the main concentrations of large items are off the coast of California, known as the eastern garbage patch, and the western garbage patch, closer to Japan.
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The Oceans have been found to contain vast patches of mainly plastic-based junk and sludge that have gotten so out of control we have no idea of the exact mass and scientists say they are now near on impossible to clean up. Moved by ocean currents plastic junk, and small pieces of breaking-down micro plastic, and other debris has collected in five main areas of ocean across the globe.
“There are garbage patches all over the world. These are areas where debris naturally accumulates. So there are garbage patches of all different sizes and shapes and compositions.
“What we know about this area is that it’s made up of tiny micro plastics, almost akin to a peppery soup, with scattered larger items, fishing gear, those kind of items swirling around.”
“Imagine tiny, tiny micro plastics just swirling around, mixing in the water column from waves and wind, that’s always moving and changing with the currents. These are tiny plastics that you might not even see if you sailed through the middle of the garbage patch, they’re so small and mixed throughout the water column.”
Cruise ships and general littering getting out through rivers into the sea are responsible.
Apart from the awful appearance, the plastic is a danger to marine life.