Pacific Garbage Patch Twice the Size of Texas

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The great garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean is larger then originally predicted. 

Scientists say that it is now twice the size of Texas.

The patch is characterized by exceptionally high relative pelagic concentrations of plastic, chemical sludge, and other debris that have been trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre.

The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex, is a gyre of marine debris particles in the central North Pacific Ocean discovered between 1985 and 1988.

Some of these long-lasting plastics end up in the stomachs of marine animals, and their young.

The patch consists of 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic and weighs roughly 88,000 tons.

The Team

© Wx Centre