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Giant Vortex of Floating Trash

Located about 1,000 miles west of California is a massive vortex of floating trash that is estimated to be twice the size of Texas.

Scientists believe much of the trash – mostly plastic that won’t decompose – washes down storm drains and rivers, eventually drifting in large ocean vortices where currents swirl like water in a drain.

Most of the plastic has broken into tiny fragments (plastic becomes brittle due to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation) and float just below the surface.

 


 
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