What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? How did it get there?



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    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a extremely large accumulation of trash (estimate about the size of Texas). The garbage patch is primarily composed of bits of plastic, which is made from petroleum and cannot be broken down naturally by the Earth. The trash is accumulating in the Pacific Gyre. A gyre is a circular vortex of current. The only way to get rid off plastic is to incinerate it, but this releases toxins into the atmosphere. Unfortunately, our trash accumulates in the ocean gyres forming large trash islands, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch being the largest.

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