The North Pacific subtropical gyre is a slow moving clockwise spiral of currents created by air currents. Hiding in the masses of swirling water is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – millions of pounds of rubbish constituting the largest landfill in the world. It is in fact two large patches (the Eastern and Western Pacific Garbage patches) connected by a thin 6,000 mile current
If I told you the world’s largest garbage dump was almost twice the size of continental United States would you believe me?
Well, that’s how big the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the collective name for two gigantic masses of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean. The two masses are known as the Western Pacific Garbage Patch and the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch has been described as a “plastic soup”. It consists of about 100 million tons of garbage, extending up to 100 feet below the surface, all being held together by the swirling currents of the ocean. The mammoth garbage patch is a result of general litter from both sea vessels and land. Here’s an animation showing the movement of the currents surrounding the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
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