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What is the South Pacific Garbage Patch?

The South Pacific garbage patch is an area of ocean with increased levels of marine debris and plastic particle pollution, within the ocean's pelagic zone.

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Similarly, it is asked, how big is the South Pacific Garbage Patch?

Moore's team found the edge of the south Pacific garbage patch around 1,100 kilometers (700 miles) off the coast of Chile. It stretched about 2,600 kilometers (1,600 miles) west to Easter Island. Altogether, it covers an estimated 3 million square kilometers (1.9 million square miles) of the ocean.

Secondly, what is the source of the garbage that accumulates in the South Pacific Garbage Patch? In the ocean, the sun breaks down these plastics into tinier and tinier pieces, a process known as photodegradation. Most of this debris comes from plastic bags, bottle caps, plastic water bottles, and Styrofoam cups. Marine debris can be very harmful to marine life in the gyre.

One may also ask, what is the great Pacific garbage patch made of?

A garbage patch is made up of tiny plastic pieces called “microplastics” that are less than 5 millimeters long. It's more like pepper flakes swirling in a soup than something you can skim off the surface.

Can you see the Pacific garbage patch from space?

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the world's largest collection of floating trash—and the most famous. It lies between Hawaii and California and is often described as “larger than Texas,” even though it contains not a square foot of surface on which to stand. It cannot be seen from space, as is often claimed.

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