PLANTS AND ANIMALS HAVE STARTED LIVING ON THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH

© Smithsonian Institution An example of debris colonization. The North Pacific Subtropical Gyre is home to a diffuse haze of garbage commonly known as the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch'. Though spread across 1.6 million square kilometers (610,000 square miles) of open ocean, the patch is estimated to contain 79,000 metric tons of plastic waste. Different ideas have been floated for ...

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