How big is the Atlantic Garbage Patch?



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    I don’t think the garbage patch in the Atlantic is quite like the Texas sized one in the Pacific Ocean, but several teams of ocean researchers are studying it.  One team took samples every 100 miles between Bermuda and the Azores while crossing the Sargasso Sea finding small plastics in their samples each time.  Another group took 6,000 samples on a trip from Canada to the Caribbean finding the highest concentrations of trash between 22 and 38 degrees North latitude.

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    The patch covers a region between 22 and 38 degrees north latitude, roughly the distance from Cuba to Virginia. In some places, students researching the garbage patch found more than 200,000 bits of trash per square kilometer. The majority of those fragments were from consumer products that were blown out of open landfills or were tossed out by litterbugs. The newly described garbage patch sits hundreds of miles off the North American coast. 

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