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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-21-08 07:49 PM
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Know your GIANT Oceanic GARBAGE PATCHes
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The gyre has actually given birth to two large masses of ever-accumulating trash, known as the Western and Eastern Pacific Garbage Patches, sometimes collectively called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Eastern Garbage Patch floats between Hawaii and California; scientists estimate its size as two times bigger than Texas . The Western Garbage Patch forms east of Japan and west of Hawaii. Each swirling mass of refuse is massive and collects trash from all over the world. The patches are connected by a thin 6,000-mile long current called the Subtropical Convergence Zone. Research flights showed that significant amounts of trash also accumulate in the Convergence Zone.

An Island of Garbage Twice the Size of Texas


North Pacific Gyre North Equatorial Current Kuroshio Current North Pacific Current California Current The five major oceanic gyres
South Pacific Gyre South Equatorial Current East Australian Current Antarctic Circumpolar Current Humboldt Current
North Atlantic Gyre North Equatorial Current Gulf Stream North Atlantic Current Canary Current
South Atlantic Gyre South Equatorial Current Brazil Current Antarctic Circumpolar Current Benguela Current
Indian Ocean Gyre South Equatorial Current Agulhas Current Antarctic Circumpolar Current West Australian Current
Non-tropical gyres Beaufort Gyre Indian Monsoon Gyre Antarctic Circumpolar Current Weddell Gyre Ross Gyre

Effects of Plastic and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
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