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The Pacific Garbage Patch

Right now, there is a gigantic "soup" of trash floating somewhere between California, Hawaii and Asia. This is called the North Pacific Gyre, or more commonly referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It is a swirling collection of plastic debris, or garbage, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that is bigger than the state of Texas! This enormous collection of trash moves with the currents of the ocean and cannot be seen from the sky because most pieces are very tiny and float a few inches below the water's surface.