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Mon Aug 27, 2012, 03:58 PM

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the garbage patch is not this:

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a large area, twice the size of Texas, in the ocean, forever swirling with a very high amount of debris. If you donít already know about it, you might be imagining something like this:



The Great Pacific Garbage Patch does not look like this. Most of the debris in the Garbage Patch is made up of small pieces of floating plastic. Many may be too small to see from a ship or satellite, or they may be floating just below the surface. They come in all sizes, colors, and typesóplastics from soda bottles and take-out food containers to polyester clothing and toothbrushes.

This isnít to say that there arenít larger pieces of trash floating in the Patch. There are, but these larger pieces of garbage eventually degrade into smaller pieces of plastic, some of which break into microscopic sizes. Very few actually revert back to their base elements; they are simply super small pieces of plastic. The few plastics that are biodegradable were designed to break down on land, exposed to air and sunlight. Water hinders that process.

http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/the-garbage-patch-one-bags-exodus-to-the-ocean-video/

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