The Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch if floating over W1B 5


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The two gigantic swirling patches of rubbish that have formed either side of Hawaii are known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or trash vortex. These vast expanses of decomposing plastic and debris are held in place in the Pacific Ocean by swirling underwater currents. Here we’ve illustrated the one closest to the USA mainland.

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