For years the Great Great Pacific Garbage Patch(GPGP) has grown to about 87,000 tones of plastic. That is about 10 to 16 times higher then what was precious estimate. This GPGP is between Hawaii and California it is about 618,00 square miles in size.
“Plastic accumulates in this region because of converging currents and low sea surface wind,” Lebreton explained to Gizmodo. “This is a natural phenomenon that occurs in subtropical waters of every oceanic basins in the world. There are actually four other accumulation zones such as this one: South Pacific, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Indian Ocean.”
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