The Floating Pile Of Garbage That’s Bigger Than Texas

The Pacific Ocean conjures up images of majestic waves, incredible sandy beaches, and jaw-dropping West Coast landscapes. But news of a huge floating pile of trash known as The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is generating disgust, increasing awareness, and renewed calls to action about repairing the damage caused by the earth’s inhabitants. Here’s more about the alarming marine dump that is polluting the ocean and harming the life that calls it home:

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So why the oceanic rubbish wasteland? Scientists explain that garbage accumulates here because of gyres, which are spinning ocean currents. These currents whip up the trash, which concentrates it into on mammoth dump. The one between California and Hawaii isn’t the only one out there, either. There are five major spinning ocean currents. However, this one is thought to have the most sprawling vortex of them all.

Calls to action include prevention by reducing the amount of plastic consumption and its casting out of it being considered a one-time use product. Clean-up is of course a necessity as well.

Have you stepped up your environmental efforts, including how you use and dispose of plastic and other trash products? We’d love to hear your suggestions and comments, as it will take the entire planet to help clean up the mess we’re making of it. For inspiration on why we need to change our trashy habits, here is a magical place by the Pacific Ocean where it’s summertime all year long.