Plastic Soup: the great Pacific garbage patch

The Plastic Soup, also known as Garbage Soup, Great Pacific garbage patch or the Pacific Trash Vortex is a completely covered area of marine debris particles located in the center of North Pacific Ocean. It has a size of about 1,400,000 km². That is why it is also called the seventh continent, because it is larger than many countries.

The patch is characterized by exceptionally high relative concentrations of pelagic plastics, chemical sludge and other debris that have been trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre. Approximately 80% of all waste comes from land areas and only 20% is waste from ships, so we can deduce this island is formed mainly by the lack of global awareness in pouring and recycling plastic waste processes.

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(Vía dforceblog)

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