26 Sep '14, 10am

8 things you should know about plastic in the ocean

8 things you should know about plastic in the ocean

But it’s not one humongous island or solid “patch,” really, at all. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is more like a loose collection of tiny plastic bits scattered throughout the North Pacific Gyre, a slow-moving whirlpool that, thanks to ocean currents and the Earth’s rotation, sucks up marine debris. “It’s very diffuse,” says Erik Zettler, professor of oceanography at the Sea Education Association. “Most of it looks like pristine, blue ocean.” In fact, inside any of the ocean’s five famous gyres , “if you didn’t have a net, you wouldn’t know [the plastic] was there.”

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