Garbage Patches

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch starts a few hundred miles off the coast of North America and ends a few hundred miles off the coast of Japan.

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It consists largely of degraded plastic the size of rice and no one has come up with a viable plan to clean it up yet.  But that’s only one of the earth’s garbage patches; there are others in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans as well.  It is estimated that there are 200 million tons of floating debris in these patches and this amount is increasing every day.  What can be done?  One answer is as easy as it is difficult: Persuade people to stop littering.

You can read more at National Geographic.