The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is Officially Twice the Size of Texas

Five great “garbage patches” pollute the world’s oceans. Swirling vortexes of plastics, bottles, ropes, and fishing nets, these heaps of trash are the sad result of what happens when human trash gets stuck in cycling, ring-like systems of currents. The largest of these is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which, according to research announced Thursday, is 16 times larger than previous estimates assumed.

Located between Hawaii and California, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch consists of...

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