The Great Pacific Garbage Patch — Now Twice the Size of Texas — Is Up to 16 Times Larger Than Previously Thought

Researchers modeled the mass concentration of plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which has grown to twice the size of Texas. (Credit: Ocean Cleanup)

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is getting greater. Twice the size of Texas, the floating mass is up to 16 times larger than previously thought — carrying about 79,000 metric tons of plastic — according to scientists who performed an aerial survey.

A photo showing some of the garbage mass. (Credit: Ocean Cleanup)

The discovery,...

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