Pacific Garbage Patch: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a massive amount of trash floating in the middle of the pacific ocean. Big patches of garbage, like the Great Pacific Garbage patch are called gyres. Gyres are formed by the rotation of the earth as well as global wind. These gyres are enormous rotating ocean currents that spin around very slowly and trap trash and all sorts of debri. The garbage and debri in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch could stay there for years because all of the trash is trapped in these spinning ocean currents. When the wind currents change seasonally, big portions of water that are hundreds of kilometers wide and around the size of Oregon or Northern California, will break off and slam into coastlines. Lots of garbage and debris will…show more content…
There is one next to Japan and Hawaii, which is called the Western Garbage Patch, and another one that’s bigger and is about the size of Texas. This bigger one is called the Eastern Garbage Patch and it’s right in the middle of California and Hawaii. These two smaller garbage patches are referred to as one large garbage patch, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, because there is a six thousand mile Subtropical Convergence Zone which is a garbage highway that connects these two garbage patches. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is growing all the time from trash we throw out…show more content…
Trash gets thrown into rivers which then flow into the oceans and then could eventually end up in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Ten percent of of the trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is free floating fishing nets. The reason why there's so many fishing nets is because commercial fishermen use gillnets that are suspended in the sea with floatation buoys. Normally these huge nets are collected by the fishermen and the fish are taken. However, if this doesn’t happen the net can continue to catch fish until the weight of all the fish is more than the buoys can sustain. Then the net sinks, and all the fish are eaten by bottom-dwelling crustaceans and other fish. However, the largest percentage, by far (80%) comes from the land, which people carelessly throw on the ground (trash like plastic bags and bottles and end up getting into the ocean). Most likely there is trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch that you have touched with your own hands. Much of the debri in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has been there for
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