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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an enormous collection of marine debris stretching across the North Pacific Ocean, is one of the biggest – both literally and figuratively – frightful reminders that we need to rethink every single aspect of how much waste we produce and how we deal with it. Its very existence proves that we have to do everything in our power to stop the proliferation of plastic trash. And that necessity has just become even more critical – since scientists have just confirmed that there is another huge plastic garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean. And it is bigger than Texas.

While experts have long believed that it was very much the case, the confirmation of the second patch’s existence in the South Pacific comes just now. The garbage patch may cover as much as 2.6 million square kilometers, that is 1.5 times the size of Texas. Similarly to the patch in the North Pacific, the one in the South was formed due to a mix of swirling currents and winds called a gyre which concentrates plastic waste into one area.

The patch has been uncovered by Captain Charles Moore and his team of volunteer researchers. Together, they have set off on a six-month voyage which led to the huge discovery. “We discovered tremendous quantities of plastic,” Moore told Research Gate.

The South Pacific garbage patch proved to be comprised mostly of tiny plastic pieces, smaller even than the grains of rice. Moore’s team found some larger items as well, but most of it was broken into little bits. The fact may mean that plastic in the patch has a longer journey to make before accumulating in the spot. Once the little plastic particles are in the gyre, it is pretty much impossible to clean them up – and so, the best way of dealing with the problem is, of course, preventing the issue at the very source.

It is far past time for us to start taking care of our plastic addiction and the problem of plastic waste disposal. Every year, we dump into the oceans around 8.8 million tons of plastic into the oceans, where it endangers around 700 marine species with extinction. Unless we stop being nonchalant about our unrecycled plastic waste, news like this will only become more frequent. As Moore explained, stopping this problem starts with you and me – so to learn how to limit your use of plastics, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!

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Robin Lobb
4 Months Ago

If anyone challenges you on the facts have a look at the Snopes discussion of this issue. There are some insights there. I don\'t know if anything in Snopes is true but by reading it your may find people cannot attack your proposed assertions as easily.
http://www.snopes.com/great-pacific-garbage-patch/


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Kerry
4 Months Ago

I used google maps to fact check this. this garbage patch is actually north of the equator. it spans from 33 North to 49 North and seems to reach all the way to the atlantic ocean where it suddenly stops.


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Dredd
4 Months Ago

It is quite real, and there are five of them (<a href="https://blogdredd.blogspot.com/2009/08/new-continent-found-garbage-gyre-ii.html">New Continent Found - Garbage Gyre II</a>).


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pnut
4 Months Ago

Stop with the BS, okay ? The "garbage patch" that environmentalists keep harping about is NOT some solid patch. The "patch" cannot even be discerned with the naked eye. What it is, in reality, is an area of the ocean that has a higher-than-normal concentration of near-microscopic plastic particles. Should we be concerned about it ? Of course ! But you people don`t seem to grasp the fact that when you tell these extravagant, scary lies, and people find out it isn`t so, then apathy sets in. Why can`t you people figure that out - you`ve seen it play out numerous times by now. That`s not how you get the population on your side.


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brian McNamee
4 Months Ago

HI this is a story about a texas sized garbage patch and they provided one photo of a garbage patch that is pretty solid that is about a 20\' by 30 \' patch. This story needs a 10 minute video of them driving fast and non stop through a solid filed of garbage. At 60 mph is would take many hours to go through Texas to how about an hour of 25 MPH footage of driving through solid garbage or post the coordinates so we can see on Google earth a Texas size area. I am skeptical that it is this big but have not ruled out it might be true. Good reporting would provide some substantial proof and this is looking like the polar bear floating on a small chunk of ice as proof that all glaciers are melting and sea levels are rising where the photo proved nothing. One could scan google earth and see images connected over 266,000 square miles. the photo used is not relevant.


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benevolent dictator
4 Months Ago

I appreciate the intent to inform us, but lacking the evidence should be a bit embarrassing to you as you tailed to deliver in order to support you observantion


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Cullen
4 Months Ago

http://sammy-riggs.com/blog/the-great-pacific-garbage-patch-is-terrible-and-inspired-this-new-toothbrush/
here\'s a link to a photo aerial of a portion of the garbage patch.


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JOHN
4 Months Ago

in the mid70s I was in the navy on a aircraft carrier which 5k+ people lived on it so you can imagine the garbage there, also a Russian trawler ( spy ship) used to follow us by the trail of garbage we dumped in the sea ,so to stop this activity the navy came up with huge garbage compactors the size of a big truck which my being in the deck dept got to use ,it would make 500lb blocks and it was wired tight and dumped into the sea it would sink to the bottom being so heavy ,now I don\'t know if down the road the wire broke and the garbage floated ,but we do have 13 carriers active and god only knows how many other vessels do the math . not including all the merchant marine that dump too ,yea I believe that patch is bigger than texas .
I don\'t know how its done today but garbage is garbage and its got to go somewhere .


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Bearded Glory
4 Months Ago

Funny how they never have pictures of said garbage patch... or a shot from a satellite of this garbage patch... I can see my garbage can on google earth.. so where is the picture? They keep coming up with this story and it gets bigger and bigger.. but never a picture to accompany it. So weird..


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kev
26 Jul 2017

I agree, this story is reported over and over, I never see the satellite picture, just a small collection of mostly natural wood (and a tire). Does it really exist? Prove it, show me the picture!

John Smity
4 Months Ago

Only a jackass would justify the amount of trash in our oceans with whether there is a real problem. Everyone should throw just a little trash on the people that make light of the refuse problem
of this world because "it is only a little garbage"


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