What do we know about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?



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    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is one of the largest garbage swills and can be found floating between Hawaii and San Francisco. It is approximately twice the size of Texas containing 3.5 million tons of trash. Our oceans are literally being turned into plastic soup; plastic photodegrades- only breaking down into smaller more toxic pieces. Since these pieces are so tiny, the Garbage Patch can’t be seen from satellites. Everything from shoes to pacifiers can be found here, and the plastic to sea life ratio is 6:1. Scientist believe that the trash is transportated through the drains from Japan and the Bay Area. Very often animals get tangled in fishing nets, and contents of birds and fish have been filled entirely with plastic pieces.

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