23 Aug '11, 4pm

Do you know about the giant spiral of garbage in the Pacific? @TreeHugger explains here: Learn more during #BlueAugust

Do you know about the giant spiral of garbage in the Pacific? @TreeHugger explains here: Learn more during #BlueAugust

The swirling mass of plastic soup in the Pacific Ocean, known by a handful of names -- the Great Pacific Garbage Patch , North Pacific Gyre , Trash Vortex , and Plastic Graveyard among them -- has been gaining notoriety lately, for all the wrong reasons. It's ballooned to twice the size of the continental U.S. , causing a variety of problems, but what does it really look like out there? This satellite photo is just the beginning; get up close and personal with the patch in the rest of the slideshow.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/galleries/2009/05/great-pacific...

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