07 May '13, 1pm

The world's largest 'waste dump' is found in the Pacific Ocean

The world's largest 'waste dump' is found in the Pacific Ocean

RELATED ARTICLES "Plastic Soup" Debris in Pacific Ocean March 5, 2008 09:23 AM Plastic Trash Vortex Menaces Pacific Sealife November 6, 2006 12:00 AM Plastics Found in Southern Ocean September 27, 2012 08:45 AM Garbage Trek April 27, 2012 12:41 PM If you were to travel from the United States of America to Japan, you would most likely encounter what could be described as the worl''s largest waste dump: a 100,000 tonne expanse of debris floating around a large region of the Pacific Ocean. The total area of this phenomenon has been said to equal the size of continental U.S., but the truth about its true size remains unknown. Captain Charles Moore first discovered the 'Pacific garbage patch' in 1997. The area in which rubbish gets caught up is known as a gyre, which can be described as a large-scale circular feature made up of ocean currents that ultimately traps waste and mov...

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