AKA “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch”. Great, as in big, not as in good. As the global population expands, so does the amount of trash we produce. Ever wonder where is all goes? A large portion of that trash unfortunately ends up in our ocean. While it may seem like an out of sight, out of mind scenario, quite the opposite is true. Once the trash meets the sea, it is swept up in the oceans currents, where it is then carried to distant areas as the currents diverge and come together. These collections of trash have become known as the trash islands.
One of the biggest, and more famous of these trash islands (yeah, there is more than just one, and this one is comparable to the size twice that of Texas) is located between Hawaii and the California coast in a location known as the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. A gyre is a geographical term for a large system of rotating ocean currents, usually influenced by wind movements. They are caused by the Earth’s Coriolis Effect, and are often referred to as a swirling vortex within the sea, kind of like when you pull the drain in the bath tub and that funnel appears as all the water is sucked down the drain.