[VIDEO] Welcome To Garbage Island

You won’t be able to vacation to this tropical location ever, but it is there. Floating in the middle of the Pacific ocean is an island the size of Texas, and it’s all garbage… 

 

It is estimated that 1.15 to 2.41 million tonnes of plastic are entering the ocean each year from rivers. More than half of this plastic is less dense than the water, meaning that it will not sink once it encounters the sea.

 

 

The mass of the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) was estimated to be approximately 80,000 tonnes, which is 4-16 times more than previous calculations. This weight is also equivalent to that of 500 Jumbo Jets.

 

Story Credit: The Ocean Cleanup

Photo Credit: Flickr

Posted in All Stories, Stokley Peters

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